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  • Making Mothers Day A Special One

    Parenting at More4kids
    9 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Mother’s Day is a tradition that has been celebrated all throughout history. On this special day, Dads and kids all around the nation gather to show the mother in their life how much they appreciate and cherish them. If you are a dad that is searching out for ideas that you and the kids can use to order to achieve the goal of making mom’s day special, then this can serve as a very powerful tool and resource. Here, you will find many different creative ideas that you can put to good use. In the end, your wife will feel absolutely honored that you have taken the time to devise a way of…
  • Lisa Loeb to women nearing 40: I hate to say it, but...

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    Sara McGinnis
    23 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Lisa Loeb has something to say to women out there who are waiting to have kids that might not be easy to hear. "I hate to say it because I want women to be able to do anything whenever they want, but if you want to have your own... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Protests erupt after Cleveland officer acquitted in fatal shooting of unarmed suspects

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    23 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Protesters took to the streets on Saturday night as police patrolled in riot gear.
  • PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include chest pain in the ED, long-term effects of lithium, steroids and sciatica, and new asthma treatment.
  • OG San DIego Volvo Wagon Has Giant Sunflower, No Reserve

    Daddy Types
    20 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    If only the giant handpainted sunflower were on the other side, this 1986 Volvo 240 DL Wagon would be the perfect carpool dropoffmobile. But since our car has been sideswiped twice in the last four months in that exact...
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  • Making Mothers Day A Special One

    9 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Mother’s Day is a tradition that has been celebrated all throughout history. On this special day, Dads and kids all around the nation gather to show the mother in their life how much they appreciate and cherish them. If you are a dad that is searching out for ideas that you and the kids can use to order to achieve the goal of making mom’s day special, then this can serve as a very powerful tool and resource. Here, you will find many different creative ideas that you can put to good use. In the end, your wife will feel absolutely honored that you have taken the time to devise a way of…
  • Healthy Easter Candy Alternatives

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:07 am
    Easter candy is almost a tradition in most households. Every year moms try to decide what to give their kids for Easter. No doubt the kids would prefer candy and chocolate. However, it is a good idea to include some healhier alternatives. There are many healthy replacements for Easter candy baskets you can try. Here are a few tips and ideas. Instead of chocolate or marshmallow candy, try filling or including with: * Fruits and cookies. You can bake natural cookies at home that taste yummy. * Mini boxes of raisins and low fat candies. * Stuffed bunny rabbits and jelly beans, which are low in…
  • Family New Years Resolutions

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    It is that time of year when we all look back on the year we have had and get ready to make our lists of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the New Year. Yes, I am talking about New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the old stand-bys such as losing weight or quitting a bad habit. This year I would like to make a proposal, make your New Year’s Resolutions about bringing your family closer. I know that at this time with our economy as bad as it is, and many of us face the hardest times that we can remember. It is now, at this time of year that we need to look at all we…
  • Teaching Kids The Meaning of Christmas

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    by Stacey Schifferdecker Beyond Santa Claus All I want for Christmas is… a dancing Elmo and a Kidzoom camera and a Littlest Pet Shop Pet Town and… It is all too easy during the Christmas season to lose focus on Jesus and concentrate only on gifts, parties, decorations, and fun. If even adults have trouble keeping Christmas as a celebration of Jesus’ birth, how much more difficult it is for children entangled by the excitement and mystery of Santa Claus. But you can help your young children learn the true meaning of Christmas. Incorporate some of these ideas into your Christmas…
  • Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Most kids love to make stuff and they love to give gifts – why not combine these two interests and let them make Christmas gifts? Think of the advantages of making Christmas gifts with your kids this year: It will probably take less time than a shopping trip to the crowded mall. It will save on your budget. It will give you fun bonding time with your children and good holiday memories. People love to receive items kids have made. Here are some ideas for simple and easy gifts kids can make. Most will require at least some participation from you, although older children may be able to make…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Lisa Loeb to women nearing 40: I hate to say it, but...

    Sara McGinnis
    23 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Lisa Loeb has something to say to women out there who are waiting to have kids that might not be easy to hear. "I hate to say it because I want women to be able to do anything whenever they want, but if you want to have your own... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • What parents are doing right today

    Joey Lombardi
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Joey Lombardi posted in Mom Stories It feels like there have been an abundance of "the problem with [insert group here] parents" articles lately... Take your pick: The problem with digital parenting, the problem with no-share parenting, and of course, Generation X's parenting problem. The last one finally set me over the edge. It... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Nursing students in the delivery room: Yay or nay?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    22 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories It shouldn't come as a complete surprise to have nursing students in the delivery room while in labor. For some medical students, it’s a requirement for getting a degree. But, it is also a sensitive issue that some parents are not okay with. It’s a hot topic within the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Celebration or censorship? See ELLE's breastfeeding cover shot

    Carolyn Robertson
    22 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities At first glance it seems like a step forward for breastfeeding advocates: A model on the cover of a popular women's fashion magazine openly breastfeeding her baby boy. The striking image has sparked cries of censorship, though, due to the fact that it never actually made it to the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • The 10 shades of your sex life from pre-baby to parenthood

    Melissa Byers
    22 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories In case you haven't noticed, ladies, your sex life is a fickle thing. It's moody and temperamental. Throwing conception, pregnancy, and parenthood into the mix makes things tricky. We've got the ten changes your sex life will endure between preconception and parenthood. 1. Before baby - Hot, hot,... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Protests erupt after Cleveland officer acquitted in fatal shooting of unarmed suspects

    23 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Protesters took to the streets on Saturday night as police patrolled in riot gear.
  • Drenching rains force scores of rescues in Oklahoma City

    23 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    (Reuters) - More than 70 people were rescued on Saturday after severe storms soaked Oklahoma during a month of record rainfall, authorities said. The Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement it had rescued more than 70 people after the drenching storms triggered flash floods in the city. The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, said Oklahoma City was just .11 inch shy of the all-time record for rainfall in any month.
  • Protests erupt after acquittal of Ohio officer

    23 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    A police officer was found not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman.
  • Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent 'yes' to gay marriage

    23 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.
  • Motorist arrested for killing Colorado cadet, injuring officer: police

    23 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    By Keith Coffman LONGMONT, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado State Patrol cadet was killed and his training officer critically injured on Saturday when a motorist they tried to stop struck them with his car, authorities said. The cadet, 21-year-old Taylor Thyfault, died at the scene on Colorado Highway 66 outside the town of Longmont, about 35 miles (56 km) north of Denver, State Patrol spokesman Trooper Josh Lewis said in a statement. Thyfault and Trooper Clinton Rushing, 37, were outside of their cruiser when they were struck, Lewis said.
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    Daddy Types

  • OG San DIego Volvo Wagon Has Giant Sunflower, No Reserve

    20 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    If only the giant handpainted sunflower were on the other side, this 1986 Volvo 240 DL Wagon would be the perfect carpool dropoffmobile. But since our car has been sideswiped twice in the last four months in that exact...
  • Bring Your Daughter To Work Night

    20 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    A picture truly is worth a thousand words— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) May 20, 2015 Golden State Warrior/MVP Steph Curry brought his daughter to the post-playoff game press conference last night, We finally found Steph Curry's flaw: parenting. Did...
  • Zombie FAO Schwarz To Shamble From Fifth Avenue To Times Square

    18 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    FAO Schwarz, the toy brand that wouldn't die, will close its Fifth Avenue store this summer, and it's not coming back. Tourist mobs should be able to find it again next year somewhere near Times Square, possibly in a vast...
  • Sing, Son.

    15 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    joy. father.— deray mckesson (@deray) May 8, 2015 That's Cleveland dad Dave Love singing to his son. [@DaveLoveUCD via @deray]...
  • I See Dad People

    15 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    The New Yorker reports from the playground:SARA: Hey, look who just walked in. ANNA: Where? SARA: Over there, by Nanny Alley. ANNA: Oh boy. SARA: Stay-at-home Hottie McBjörn. ANNA: Daddy's home. SARA: Daddy's home, all right.Playground Purgatory [newyorker]...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (May 23, 2015)

    22 May 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to the Memorial Day edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. I hope you'll take the time with your family to honor those who have given their lives in service for our country. We certainly owe them and their families a huge debt. After you've done that, feel free to peruse the linky below, as well as my right sidebar, throughout the week for the opportunity to enter to win terrific prizes! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, be sure to share it in the linky and post this page on your Twitter and Facebook pages. Have a wonderful week!
  • Softsoap Fresh & Glow Body Washes Feature 100% Real Extracts for Healthy-Looking Skin!

    22 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of using body washes rather than traditional soaps because they always smell so wonderful, and I feel like I’m pampering myself. One of my favorite brands is Softsoap because they’re always coming out with different fragrances for me to try. I recently had the opportunity to use their new Fresh & Glow body washes. They’re made with 100% real extracts and, as always, they smell incredible! Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower CreamMade with 100% real extracts sourced from milk, coconuts and almonds, this unique formula is proven to…
  • DVD Review and Giveaway: "Spare Parts," Starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei

    22 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    About the movie: When four wildly different high schoolers team up to enter a robotics competition against the nation’s top tech colleges, no one believes they have a chance -- no one but Fredi, their new substitute teacher. As Fredi challenges his students to be the best they can be, they show him the power of never giving up in an unforgettable tale that shines with heart, humor, and hope.George Lopez leads an incredible cast in this inspiring film, which arrived this month on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand. Based on a remarkable true story of four Phoenix high school…
  • Joshua and the Lightning Road Book Tour: Guest Post, "Playing on Our Fears," and Giveaway (5 Winners)

    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Tour ScheduleStay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and, whatever you do, do not touch the orb. Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning, but Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever. To get him back,…
  • My New Favorite Hair-Care Products: SoapBox Bataua Fruit Shampoo and Conditioner!

    19 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    I have a friend who sings the praises of sulfate-free shampoo, so I was excited when SoapBox contacted me to review their sulfate-free Bataua Fruit Shampoo and Conditioner. Sulfate-free hair products are touted as less drying to the hair and even help hair color to stay in longer. And after using SoapBox Bataua Fruit Shampoo and Conditioner, I totally agree! Previously, I’d been using dandruff shampoo because my scalp was very dry, but it wasn’t working very well. Now after using the SoapBox products, my scalp is healthy again! No more scratching or dry patches. I’ve also noticed that…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Everything Takes Longer Edition

    Amy LeForge
    17 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! I haven’t managed to get the linky up for 2 weeks now, mainly because I’ve been buried in projects and kept missing the day. Everything I do takes much longer than I hope.It’s just how I roll.I thought I had encouraging news about my progress, then just spent several hours mired in a website migration project which still hasn’t concluded successfully.What can I say? I have a gift for making things complicated.Just ask my family.I really hope to start writing regularly here, even this week. I have had many thoughts and observations to share with…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Painted Hands Edition

    Amy LeForge
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! I type to you right now with all sorts of interesting black splotches on my hands. Splotches that will, most likely, stay on my hands for a week or more. It’s a longish story.See, my brother-in-law came to visit from Florida. He flew into the city closest to us, so Hubby went and picked him up. Their parents drove down to our house and they’re taking my brother-in-law back to their house for a visit. My mother-in-law isn’t one to let a moment go by without doing a project. She wanted the guys to work on finishing the bedroom we’ve been working on,…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky – Get ‘Er Done Edition

    Amy LeForge
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Happy Late Sunday night, Heroes! After having a fairly restful week with spring break, I got quite a lot of work done this weekend and am feeling encouraged. Of course, there is a lot more I need to do (which is why I’m up in the middle of the night working now) but I have high hopes of accomplishing much this week.What about you? Plans?While you’re working and playing, do feel free to check out some of the lovely giveaways in this week’s linky! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky:…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Oops Holiday Edition

    Amy LeForge
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Howdy, Heroes! It’s Monday. And spring break. Throw in Easter Sunday and you may understand why I completely forgot to put up the linky last night. So sorry! I was giddy with the freedom I saw on the calendar.So! Linky. I will also publish a giveaway tomorrow, so please come back and see it. Baby clothes, for the win! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky – On Time and Feeling Fine EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Late Hospital EditionGiveaway Linky…
  • Sometimes I Despair of the Foolishness: A Mother’s Rant

    Amy LeForge
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Heroes, I read a quote on Facebook the other day that said something to the effect of “parenting is hard when you’re doing it right.”Well, if that’s the case then I must be awfully close to perfect. Because, wow. There are days I feel like all I do is beat my head against brick walls.Over. And over. And over again.Take bedtime for example. We have a habit of family prayer time, and the expectation is that boys will then shut off their computers, brush teeth (thoroughly!), and go to bed.Instead, people (and by “people” I am mainly referring to…
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    Raising A Healthy Family

  • Easy, Peasy Teacher Appreciation Gift

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

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

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    This is an article I originally posted in 2009, but these recipes are still perfect! Ireland is by far one my favorite places on earth! Lucky for me, my grandparents live there and we have made quite a few trips there over the years. When we go we usually stay at Oysterhaven which is a very family friendly resort near Kinsale (see my photo above) with one of the most breathtaking views ever. Growing up, my Mom would make classic Irish dishes year round, but the week of St. Patrick’s Day was always guaranteed to be special. Six of my favorite Irish dishes are: Potato Leek Soup –…
  • Did You Know? Child Safety in Cars

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    One of the most confusing and daunting parts of being a new parent is knowing how to keep your child safe in every car trip – from the time they are first born until they are old enough to sit up front. When is it safe? When is it legal? Rear facing car seat? Booster seat? The questions are endless!  The following infographic should help clarify some of these questions and help you make the best safety decisions for your child. Via: SchoolMatters San Diego Don’t forget, child car safety doesn’t stop at 13 – it just evolves as your teen prepares for the next step in…
  • Perfect Bar – Whole Food on the Go

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:32 pm
    I was given the opportunity to try a different kind of bar – the Perfect Bar – a whole food bar made with organic ingredients and loaded with protein. While the Perfect Bar comes in peanut varieties and almond varieties, I have definitely decided I like the almond flavors best – and the Mini Perfect Bar in Almond Butter is my favorite. These little 100 calorie squares are perfect for stashing in lunch boxes, your purse (for times when hunger strikes and you are no where near the kitchen), sports bags and backpacks. Made with creamy organic almond butter, sweet organic honey…
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    Free Range Kids

  • Baby Crawls 40 Feet From Home. Grandma Can’t Find Him, Calls 911 and Is Thrown in Jail

    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Lord help any of us if we are ever overwhelmed by the demands of caring for young kids. In this particular instance, an 18-month-old (other accounts say 11-month-old) was playing with his sister near the front door, while in the care of their grandma, Tammy Cooper. (Their mom died earlier this year.) Somehow the boy got out and crawled 40 feet, into the road, in the rain. Strangers found him and honked to try to alert whoever he belonged to. Then they drove to where they could get a cell signal and called 911. Meantime, the grandma also called 911 when she couldn’t find the boy.
  • Boy Scouts Can’t Squirt Squirt Guns at Each Other and Must Use Goggles

    21 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Boy Scouts can’t shoot squirt guns at each other. Here’s the rulebook (see page 99). And here’s the article for Boy Scout leaders that points out:  “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.” Water balloons, meanwhile, have a size limit: “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball.” First off, I was not even aware there ARE biodegradable balloons. And filling any balloon to only the size of a ping pong ball is like saying, “Please do…
  • Man Helps Boy Whose Ball Went Over Fence. Now Police Are Looking for Him

    20 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Alexandria, VA: From a country gone crazy with mandemonium (pandemonium sparked by seeing a man near a child) comes this all points bulletin, below. Notice that while “At no time did the unknown man attempt to leave the area with the child,” the police nonetheless give a detailed description of the suspect…er…Samaritan…er…suspect.  And they are looking for leads. What are they going to charge him with? Attempted kindness? Doesn’t he know better than to act like a decent human being? Police Investigate Incident at Lyles-Crouch Elementary School For…
  • Great Piece: “If I’m Arrested Today” (For Being a Rational Parent in a Hysterical World)

    20 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    This piece about why we need to be able to make rational, caring decisions for our kids without worrying about being second-guessed by passersby or the authorities sums up the issue just perfectly. It’s from the blog Catholic All Year. It begins with the author, Kendra, discussing an article  by Kim Brooks in Salon that detailed the cases of some moms arrested for letting their kids wait briefly in the car. Then she writes: …I’m still not going to make what I believe are bad parenting decisions because of bad laws and bad samaritans. I won’t be bullied. But it is…
  • Our Son, 8, Snuck Out to Walmart at 3:30 a.m. — Now What?

    18 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Here’s a rather startling note I just got in my email-box: Dear Free-Range Kids: Last night/this morning our 8yr old son woke us up at 3:30AM telling us that the people from Walmart wanted to speak with us. He walked 3 miles in the middle of the night to Walmart in order to buy some roses for his mother. My wife and I were shocked to say the least. All manner of “what if’s” ran through our minds (car accident, child molesters, police taking our children away, etc.) as every emotion covered us as well. This morning at work I typed in “8yr old walks 3 miles to…
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  • From Mayweather to Ray Rice: Decoding Sports Media’s Bias Against Women

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    22 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    The past year in many ways has been a very good one in our country’s fight to end violence against women. Last fall, there was intense outcry following the release of the elevator video showing Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancée. Following that watershed moment, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched a powerful It’s On Us campaign featuring male celebrities to drawn men into the movement to end violence against women. Additionally, a No More Superbowl ad where an abuse victim gets helps by dialing 911 and pretending to order a pizza was seen by…
  • 5 Best Memorial Day Recipes

    ModernMom Staff
    21 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Having a Memorial Day BBQ? Treat your family, friends, and neighbors to classic and simple menu items with a twist. Below is a perfect blend of special dishes – from main attraction to dessert – that will have your loved ones licking their forks clean and begging for second helpings! However-You-Want-It BBQ Burgers Grilled burgers are a surefire hit for kids and adults. But how can you keep your burgers from fading into the background of all the other BBQs going on this season? Allow the guests to personalize them! Buy beef, turkey, veggie, and salmon burgers so there’s…
  • #FritoLayZooFun Twitter Party

    ModernMom Staff
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Join us for a #FritoLayZooFun Twitter Chat WEDNESDAY, 5/27 at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT. We’ll be giving away eight $25 gift cards! We’ll be chatting about summer-time activities for the whole family and about Frito-Lay’s variety pack of snacks’ partnership with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to support AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, which helps support endangered species conservation. Your family can get involved and do its part to help protect endangered animals by making donations at Frito-Lay’s variety pack of snacks will match…
  • 5 Things You Should Never Say To A Mom

    21 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    All of us moms have been there. It’s the very moment that your best friend, neighbor or even just an acquaintance met while shopping at the local grocery store utters one of those simple phrases to you about how your children are behaving that make you go instantly from a pleasant person to something straight out of a horror movie in a matter of seconds. It may simply be a small suggestion that they thought would help at the time or a tip for the future. Either way the sentiment did not help. As a parent that is trying her hardest just to remain sane on a daily basis, while also trying to…
  • Let’s Craft: How to Make a Succulent Wall

    Jessica Begum
    21 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    This project comes from, Jessica Begum, the crafty momma behind the blog Hipster’s Tea Party: “I am seeing some amazing vertical succulent gardens out there, and was inspired to make my own.  It’s a fairly simple process but does take some time and TLC. Mine hangs above my fireplace, and find it does best when I take it outside for a week to soak up the sunshine every 3 to 4 weeks or so.  Here is what you need to try this yourself.” Supplies A shallow wooden box.  (I used an 22 x 36″ Ikea drawer I took off an old wardrobe.  You could cluster a few smaller…
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  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
  • All Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All sites — including VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments.Filed under: Security
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  • One Minute to Spare

    14 May 2015 | 8:47 am
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  • Bloodline on Netflix: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire #StreamTeam

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
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  • Less Lunch-Making Stress with Mott’s Snack and Go

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  • When Shopping With 6 Kids Goes Wrong. Way Way Very Bad Wrong.

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  • Natural, Non-Toxic Bug Spray with Young Living Essential Oils

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
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    The Committed Parent

  • Why One-Sided Cell Phone Convos Irritate the Bejeezus Out of Us

    Mark Brady
    17 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Novelty Reminder: Be sure to check out the new weekly Wednesday neuroscience “Book Review in Pictures” – The Enchanted Loom! You’ll instantly yummify your brain’s pleasure centers. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming… So I’m standing in line at the grocery store pawing through People Magazine trying to take delight in some yummy morsels of celebrity gossip when suddenly a Chatty Charlie starts burbling away on his cell phone right behind me. Apart from whether it’s simple narcissism, lack of social awareness or some form of performance…
  • The Compassion Pill: Do You Take It or Not?

    Mark Brady
    10 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you could take this pill and become more compassionate, would you? If I tell the truth for myself, my answer would be, “Sometimes I would, and sometimes I wouldn’t.” To Compassion or Not to Compassion Compassion is not a simple, single thing in my experience. Nor is it an easy action to consistently get right. For example, as a parent who knows it’s important for children to have a wide cross-section of life-experience in order for their brains and bodies to develop and grow, my job is not to shield them from all the pain and suffering in the world. It’s more to be with them as…
  • How to Know If Your Therapist (Parent, Priest, Rabbi, Hairdresser, Boss) is an Above-Average Listener …

    Mark Brady
    3 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    … or, How My Brain Came to Deeply Appreciate the Dunning-Kruger Effect “All things, animate and inanimate, have within them a spirit dimension. They communicate in that dimension to those who can listen.” ~ Jerome Bernstein Shortly after I graduated with my doctorate in psychology, I decided I wanted to give something back to my small, private school. I’d been working for a dozen years as a grief counselor and trainer to fulfill part of my clinical graduate requirements and I knew firsthand from co-facilitating dozens of volunteer trainings that simply listening with…
  • Why Your Story One-Upping My Story Is Bad for My Brain … and Yours

    Mark Brady
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    “To listen is to be vulnerable. You allow something outside your body to come inside. To be open and impressionable, to hear everything, is dangerous. You can be damaged all too easily.” W. A. Mathieu From my very first post on this blog back in 2007, most everything I research and write here has one primary central aim: to increase the awareness of, and to reduce the amount and degree of suffering in people’s lives. Recently I received an email from a friend informing me and a number of other close friends about the death of her mother after a three-year, extremely painful…
  • How My Listening Skills Earned Me a Million Dollars and Proved a Balm to My Brain!

    Mark Brady
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    (I love headlines like this. They so blatantly pander to my brain’s anxious, conditioned desire to get rich quick. Research, though, shows that most people get rich by first learning about, and then mindfully and methodically attending to money much as they might attend to a healthy diet or lifelong violin-practice). “There’s a certain Buddhist calm that comes from having money in the bank.” ~ Tom Robbins Shortly after I turned 40 years old, I found myself teaching an evening class in Deep Listening at UC Santa Cruz Extension. To my surprise and confusion, most of the…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • To My First Son on the Eve of His Wedding

    Dawn Camp
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    You entered our world in the wee hours of a Monday morning in June, almost initiating your daddy into the first-time parent club on Father’s Day. He carried a new copy of Fatherhood into the delivery room, not realizing you’d arrive before he had a chance to read any of it. We’d spent the day honoring our own dads—the soon-to-be grandfathers—and a grandmother who celebrated her birth on the day before yours, eating an after-church lunch marked by laughter and spilled drinks. I still remember that. You remained an only child for five years, the oldest of a clan that would…
  • May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available!

    Dawn Camp
    2 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Welcome to May, a month of spring flowers, graduation ceremonies, and outdoor weddings! Our oldest daughter graduated today and our oldest son gets married later this month. By the end of June, I will have been mother of the groom not once, but twice! What events fill your family’s calendar this month? Download May’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? It's here! May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Not a Friendship Fraud today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I recently submitted my second book to my publisher, a compilation of stories on friendship to be released next year. After spending time collecting tales of close relationships — months in which I worked more than I socialized — I announced to my husband that I was, in fact, a Friendship Fraud. (In my mind it was capitalized, an official title.) I’d become negligent, failing to nurture one of life’s great treasures: good friendships. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to assume that my friends are out on me, that I’ve caused offense in some unknown way, that my…
  • Meet Me in Macon Tomorrow!

    Dawn Camp
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Meet me for a book signing this Thursday, April 30, at Bodega Interiors in Macon, GA. We’ll have lunch and sweet tea, and fellow (in)courage author and book contributor Robin Dance and I will read excerpts from The Beauty of Grace. During the book signing there will be drawing for a Bodega Summer Wreath & a copy of The Beauty of Grace. If you’re near, I’d love for you to join us! Where: Bodega Interiors, 153 Gateway Drive, Macon GA When: 11:30 a.m. Readings: 1:00 p.m. Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? It's here! Meet Me in Macon Tomorrow! is a post from:…
  • Listen to Your Mother, Y’all!

    Dawn Camp
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Although I eventually gave birth to four girls and four boys, my husband and I invested 10 years in this parenting gig before welcoming a daughter into our home. Our first three children were boys, which was how my husband’s family rolled: his mother and grandmother each gave birth to three sons, no girls. Because I was one of two girls and so was my mother, they were what I expected. I can French braid—a skill which shouldn’t go to waste—so surely God would give me daughters, right? Most women find Proverbs 31 an intimidating chapter in the Bible. This woman…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Photo of the day: The days are long, but the years are short.

    23 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    I have always liked this quote, and when I heard that it was coined by Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin, I liked it even more. It seems to fit the dandelion well: the fragility, but the ubiquity. (And, truth be told, I feared maybe you were getting sick of dandelions, so I thought I’d kick it up a notch.) The Happiness Project has been on my “to read” list forever. I love the concept – you make your own happy, something I truly believe. Have you read it? What did you think? And don’t you find with every passing year that those years seem shorter and…
  • Photo of the day: Crab apple blossom pistils

    22 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    Can you tell I had fun with the crab apple tree in the front yard? I’m sad that I never got to take advantage of it as a backdrop for portraits, but delighted that I got to take advantage of it as a subject for portraits! Now I’m knowledgeable about apple blossom parts – those bits sticking up are the pistils, and the yellow bit on top is the anther. I love how the various parts of the blossom and leaf swim into and out of focus, depending on where the very thin field of focus falls, to give you hints of what exactly you’re looking at but not the whole picture. I may…
  • Photo of (a few days ago): Crab apple blossoms

    21 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    I took this photo on the weekend, and didn’t get a chance to upload it before my computer turned into the dreaded blue screen of death. It blue-screened on me once and restarted fine, but the next day it crashed utterly and completely and I couldn’t even re-boot it in recovery mode. It took a call to Apple support and a trip to the Genius Bar, and my MacBook was diagnosed with a failed graphics card – 64 days before the three-year Apple Care warranty was about to expire. Long story short, I was saved a $750 repair bill and had to deal only with four and a half long days…
  • Is fruit juice bad for kids?

    19 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    This is timely. I was just thinking about writing a blog post about kids and their drink choices when I came across this article in the Ottawa Citizen about how fruit juice may be dropped from Canada’s food guide as a healthy choice. The article illustrates two sides of the argument: on one hand, fruit juice does contain certain vitamins like vitamin C, folate and potassium, which makes it perhaps a better choice than straight soda or fruit punch. On the other hand, drinking a couple of cups of juice every day could comprise a quarter or up to half of a child’s caloric…
  • A delightful night out with the NAC Orchestra

    17 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the NAC Orchestra for their Casual Fridays series, I knew exactly whom I wanted to take. My Dad was a drummer back in the day, and taught me almost everything I know about music. He’s also forgiven me for somehow genetically bypassing every shred of musical talent I might have inherited from him. I have to admit that as much as I am a fan of the NAC, I forget how much I love the NAC Orchestra until I see them again. It’s easy to forget we have this incredible, world-class ensemble right here in our own home town. Did you know the NAC has…
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  • Summer safety

    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. If you are pregnant or have little ones at home, there are a lot of safety concerns to think about as the warmer weather approaches. Food: Keep these safety tips in mind when preparing foods that are frequently associated with food-borne illness: • CLEAN: Wash hands and food preparation surfaces often. And wash fresh fruits and vegetables carefully. • SEPARATE: Don’t cross-contaminate!  When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. • COOK: Cook to proper…
  • Epilepsy and pregnancy

    21 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Every year in the US, approximately 20,000 women with a seizure disorder give birth. Most of these pregnancies are healthy. But there are a few additional concerns that women who have epilepsy must consider when thinking about getting pregnant. What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which a person has repeated seizures over time. Seizures are episodes of disturbed brain activity that cause changes in attention or behavior. Epilepsy is a specific type of seizure disorder. People with epilepsy are usually prescribed medication to help to control seizures. These are known as…
  • Preemies and asthma – how to help your child

    20 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Research has shown that premature birth (before 37 weeks) can cause a baby to have lung and breathing problems such as asthma, a health condition that affects the airways. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. It can be mild to severe. If your child has asthma, he is far from alone. According to the CDC, 6.8 million children have asthma, or 1 in 11 children. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause a flare-up. It is important to remove the triggers in your child’s…
  • How much weight should I gain?

    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    During pregnancy, you need to gain a healthy amount of weight to support your growing baby. In this video, Dr. Siobhan Dolan talks about how much weight you should gain and what to do during pregnancy to maintain a healthy weight for you and your baby. It’s important to learn how gaining too much or too little weight can cause problems for your baby including premature birth. Don’t forget to talk to your provider about what is right for you.
  • Preparing homemade baby food safely

    18 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    I was visiting my friend this past weekend while she was making her baby’s food for the week. Sweet potatoes and avocados were her son’s favorite. She’s a busy working mom and tries to make the food in bulk on the weekends to put in the freezer until she needs it. It seemed like she had her baby food making process perfected. Some parents buy baby food, others feed their babies homemade baby food. Some parents switch back and forth between the two. Whatever you decide, choose healthy foods and if you make your own baby food, learn how to safely prepare it. Where to start • The…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Disney’s Tomorrowland Movie Review

    Jennifer Wagner
    22 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Disney’s Tomorrowland movie is a great deal of fun. It has so much adventure packed in, you will definitely never get bored. However, Tomorrowland is not all light and happy. Most of the ads make it look like a movie for all ages, however, this film may be too scary for kids not yet tweens (under […] The post Disney’s Tomorrowland Movie Review appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Prosecuting Casey Anthony: Rob Lowe Stars in Lifetime Movie J.K. Rowling Bio Lifetime Movie Review Movie Review Intelligence: Rotten Tomatoes…
  • Teen Movie: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl – Free Previews

    Jennifer Wagner
    12 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is an indie film about teens and for teens. It won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  The movie is set to open to the public at select theaters on June 12, 2015. However, on May 13th and and 21st, there […] The post Teen Movie: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl – Free Previews appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Donnie Darko – Teen Cult Movie Favorite Girl Fight: Lifetime Movie Inspired by Video Beating Gossip Girl season 2 – EW calls it…
  • Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Star in Grace and Frankie on Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    8 May 2015 | 8:27 am
      Netflix has been adding new original series to its roster of TV shows almost non-stop lately. And they have had many big hits, with the most recent being Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Today, Netflix is launching Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson. Here are some of the many reasons […] The post Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Star in Grace and Frankie on 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 3 New Netflix Original TV…
  • 18 Summer Movies For Teens 2015

    Jennifer Wagner
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Summer is when the blockbuster movies are launched and teens hit the theaters in droves. The summer of 2015 is no exception, although there seem to be less movies for teens than usual. And almost all the movies for teens this summer premiere in July. So get ready for sequels, superheros, another John Green YA […] The post 18 Summer Movies For Teens 2015 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Top 20 Summer Movies for Teens 2011 20 Summer Movies for Teens 2009 22 Movies for Teens Summer 2012
  • 5 TV Series Based On Characters Lies

    Jennifer Wagner
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    While dishonesty in real life is frowned upon, when characters lie, it often leads to a more exciting story. Who will find out? When will they find out? Bloodline, a new Netflix original series, is about the Rayburns, who have dark family secrets they will do anything to keep from coming out, including lying. Bloodline is a […] The post 5 TV Series Based On Characters Lies appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 3 New Netflix Original TV Series For Tweens All Hail King Julien: New Animated Series on Netflix Bar Karma –…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • What influences kids cheating or not?

    11 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    VitalSmarts created an experiment to test out if they could get more teens to cheat by using certain techniques. They base their manipulations on what science has found are ways to get people to set aside their values: 1) offer moral justification2) minimize the consequences3) dehumanize the victims 4) displace responsibilityWatch this video to see how well it worked and which kids were able to resist the temptation to cheat regardless of the pressure:
  • Are You Unintentionally Harming Your Kids?

    6 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    You love your kids and you want the best for them. What if in striving to do what is best for them, you actually stifle them or even harm them?Not many parents admit to making any mistakes in their parenting. It’s too painful, too personal, and feels too vulnerable. E. Way risks all of this in Coming Out Of Cage: Journey of a Tiger Mom as she courageously explores how her parenting influenced her daughter’s post-traumatic stress disorder.Seeing Signs of Serious ProblemsAfter working hard to get her daughter into a prestigious college, E. Way was ready to celebrate having both her kids…
  • What Are Your Family's Top 5 Values?

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    What are your deepest held moral values? How are you teaching these values to your children? Are you doing it alone or are you seeking help from religious organizations or other resources?Teaching your kids moral values is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a parent. In order for your children to act morally, they need to know the good, care about the good and practice doing the good.The way your kids choose to treat others is critical. There are too many news stories of children committing suicide due in part to the cruel behavior of other kids. There are too many kids…
  • What's causing the extreme increase in kids' food allergies?

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Are you concerned about food allergies and why so many kids have them?  The food supply in the United States has been greatly altered since the late 1990's.  Sadly, many of the additives being sold in the United States are illegal in other countries due to the fact they haven't been proven safe for human consumption. Robyn O'Brien, former financial and food industry analyst, became very interested in studying the food supply when her daughter had a severe allergic reaction during breakfast one day. Check out this excellent video featuring a TED Talk by Robyn O'Brien and also…
  • Teaching Kids How to Fail Successfully

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Making mistakes is part of being human. Although you may hate making mistakes, simply participating in life guarantees plenty of opportunities for mistakes.How do you handle yourself when you’ve made a mistake? How do you react to your children when they’ve made a mistake? The way you handle mistakes and teach your children to handle mistakes is the difference between growing in confidence and shrinking back.Low Self-Esteem Response to MistakesChildren with low self-esteem will beat themselves up when they make a mistake. The mistake might be something as minor as mispronouncing a word…
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • CDC Lists 131 Ways for an Infant to Die: Vaccines and Sudden Death (SIDS)

    18 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    There are 130 official ways for an infant to die. These official categories of death, sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are published in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).[1-3] When a baby dies, coroners must choose from among these 130 categories. The official causes of death listed in the ICD include nearly every imaginable — and tragic — possibility. However, there is NO category for infant deaths caused by vaccines.[4] This is odd because the federal government is aware that vaccines…
  • First They Came for the Anti-Vaxxers

    15 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    By Bretigne Shaffer Earlier this year I spent a few days at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my daughter who was having an EEG done. On our way home, I learned that there had been an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while we were there, that it had infected seven people and killed two of them. My daughter and I were fine – the infection having been limited to people using a particular kind of duodenoscope. When the story hit the news, I fully expected nationwide outcry similar to that inspired by the recent measles “epidemic” that began at Disneyland. That outbreak…
  • Questioning Vaccines Doesn’t Make You Anti-Science

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In the pro- vs. anti- vaccine debate, the “pro” side often accuses the “anti” side of being anti-science. In my observations from the sidelines, nothing could be further from the truth. What is science but asking questions? Isn’t that the very foundation of the scientific method? The vast majority of non-vaxers that I have had the privilege of interacting with have spent countless hours asking questions and searching for the answers. Of course, they can’t pursue the scientific method themselves in the sense of performing experiments and observing responses when it comes to…
  • Closet Purge to Fashionable Working Wardrobe Upgrade

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    The thought of spending an entire day cleaning out the closet and getting rid of more stuff in a massive closet purging session seemed overwhelming and somewhat depressing. I had the urge to purge nearly 90% of the clothes, shoes and fashionable accessories in my closet that I had accumulated over the last several (many) years. Having scheduled a few career-changing interviews in my ongoing effort of leaving dentistry completely and beginning a brand new career path, standing in my closet and looking for interview-worthy business casual wardrobe attire that would work, fit well and look…
  • 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…
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  • Hope on Mother’s Day

    Darryle Pollack
    8 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    My family totally spoils me on Mother’s Day.  As they should. Of course there’s chocolate. And well before I open my box of See’s Chocolate Nuts and Chews, I will be served coffee and breakfast and the New York Times before I get out of bed….. delivered by one or both of my adult kids if they’re within a radius of 100 miles. Even when my children are missing, I don’t miss out. When he was traveling abroad, Daniel arranged for a friend to show up at our house and stand in for him as a surrogate son.  Obviously my kids get that Mother’s Day matters to me.
  • Rita Wilson plays a leading role: as a patient

    Darryle Pollack
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I met Rita once, and I remember thinking she was taller than I expected. Now Rita Wilson is standing even taller in my eyes. Like Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Rita chose to share the details of her health crisis, using her celebrity to open a conversation.   Doing this will surely save lives by empowering others to seek second opinions and to play more active roles regarding their health. Rita’s example illustrates a relatively recent shift in health care, with decisions not handed down by the doctor from above but made by as a partnership between the doctor and the patient. And this is…
  • Deli Man: Support Your Local Deli

    Darryle Pollack
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    You don’t have to be Jewish to Believe: that blintzes are bliss, pastrami is perfection;  matzo ball soup is magic. Support your Local Deli! If you even have one, you’re lucky.  As documented in the new documentary film Deli Man, delis have become an endangered species disappearing at an alarming rate. We’re down to less than 150 kosher or kosher-style delis in the entire United States. Not so long ago, during the Golden Age of Delis, there were 1500 delis in New York City alone. Which of course doesn’t include the legendary delis in other cities, like Miami Beach,…
  • Remember me and let my words live on: Lisa Bonchek Adams

    Darryle Pollack
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Long before she died 3 days ago at age 45, Lisa Bonchek Adams wrote about her death.   Her post is typical Lisa.   Tackling the tough topics.  Simple direct words. Strong opinions about how she wants to be remembered.   It begins: When I die don’t think you’ve “lost” me. I’ll be right there with you, living on in the memories we have made. When I die don’t say I “fought a battle.” Or “lost a battle.” Or “succumbed.” Don’t make it sound like I didn’t try hard enough, or have the right attitude, or that I simply gave up. When I die don’t say I “passed.”…
  • Jane Pauley: What’s not to like?

    Darryle Pollack
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Everyone loves Jane Pauley.  And I get it.  But I have to confess, it would be so easy NOT to like her. Author of two books, mother of three children,  television career of four decades,  Jane’s always seemed be one of those women who made it look possible, even easy to “have it all”.  Being sweet and self-effacing in addition to successful, Jane of course denies that she’s ever had it all. Let’s just say I’m not convinced. She does admit to having lucky breaks and incredible opportunities.  One  reason it would be extra easy for me not to like her: I…
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  • Have you hugged a teacher today?

    15 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    This post is part of a promotion of Alter Your World project, an Alt Summit project aimed at celebrating actions, big or small, that focus on good in the community. Photo by Studio 108 Photo The school year is winding down and my kids are moving on to public and intermediate schools. It’s a huge transition for our family and one I think I’m actually affected by the most. The teachers in my students lives have been such a blessing to us all, from our kindergarten teachers (photo above) with more than 100 years!! experience between them, who couldn’t possibly have created a…
  • 10 Ways to Help Your Family Fight Allergy Symptoms

    8 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    More than 50 million Americans* suffer from allergies and the numbers are steadily increasing. Children are experiencing symptoms earlier and earlier and doctors predict this year’s allergy season will be a particularly long and intense one. If you’re family is already suffering or feeling the impact from the great outdoors, don’t despair. There are easy things you can do to help them alleviate symptoms and reduce the amount of pollen, dander and allergens in your home. 10 Ways to Help Your Family Fight Allergies 1. Start taking meds BEFORE you need them I struggle with this myself. I…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Spending Memorial Day With Netflix #StreamTeam

    22 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    With a long holiday weekend upon us, we will definitely be having a few movie nights here! We may have a full day of movies on Saturday as a family! We’ll also be watching some of the Netflix exclusive TV shows (no kids for these) like House of Cards and Grace and Frankie.  Grace and Frankie is Netflix’s new funny and fearless original comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.  It is a perfect example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange and blend in unexpected ways. When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after…
  • White Sox Family Field Day

    21 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Calling all White Sox fans!  As you all may know, we live on the south side of Chicago which is the home to the Chicago White Sox.  We recently got to spend some time in their amazing suites.  Now, I have to tell you about the White Sox Family Field Day.  My kids are dying to go do this, so I knew I had to share with all of you.   On Saturday, May 30th, join me for an unforgettable family event that gives you and your family the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field from a White Sox player’s point of view for a day!  Here…
  • Win $25,000 in @BestBuy credit!

    21 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I think all our kids schools need better tech.  I know my kids school has old hand me down computers which is why I was excited to learn that Best Buy Education, a direct-channel division of Best Buy®, makes it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed.  Their dedicated Account Managers will consult with your school, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide them to the product and service solutions that…
  • Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep Sanctuary

    21 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Do you ever wake up feeling exhausted, almost as if you hadn’t slept at all? If you feel as though your quality of sleep could be better, consider making some alterations to your bedroom. Here are some ways to turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary. 1. Let there be darkness Artificial sources of light can confuse your natural body clock. Even when you’re asleep, your brain has the ability to detect different levels of brightness, triggering a change in your sleeping pattern. Making your bedroom as dark as possible can help to transform it into a sleep sanctuary. It might not seem so…
  • 10 Ways To Get Ready For Summer

    20 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    Can you believe that Summer is right around the corner? We have had some totally crazy weather this spring here in Chicago. However, my kids have less than 30 days of school left and they will be on summer break! It is hard to believe! This is the time of year that we start getting ready for summer. There are a few things that you can do to help usher the new season in. Pick up some Tampico Tea! Tampico’s new tea is the best thirst quencher and exactly what you need to get you refreshed while you are getting your house and your yard ready for summer! Plant your garden!  You want to…
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  • Hurry! #iRetreat2015 Conference Coupon Code

    Piera Jolly
    17 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    I’m so excited about iRetreat Conference coming up in just a few short weeks! If you are a blogger or social media influencer looking to build your brand and make real relationships, I highly recommend attending. Large conferences can oftentimes feel overwhelming and a bit intimidating, but iRetreat’s formula focuses on putting on a smaller, more focused conference where attendees can make real relationships with both brands and other influencers. Not to mention that the real focus of the schedule is on taking your blog to the next level! Below is a sample of the sessions that you…
  • Give the Best Gifts for Mom

    Piera Jolly
    6 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    My mom and I have always been close. She is my mom. She is my friend. She is always there for me…when I need her and when I don’t even realize that I need her. I am who I am because of her and I am grateful. She taught me so much like… The ability to love fiercely. Family is everything. Never leave your loved ones behind. A strong sense of self and independence. Importance of education. Quick-wit. Attention to detail. Love of shoes and handbags. Love of all things home. Like me, my mom loves to keep a beautiful home. One thing we like to do is refresh our home’s look…
  • Baseball Snack and Goody Bag Ideas & Free Printable

    Piera Jolly
    6 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Spring baseball is in full swing and we are soaking up every glorious moment at the ball field with Lucas and his PeeWee baseball team. There’s nothing like spending a breezy, sunny afternoon on the ball field. Win or lose…I just love watching my kid play. His intensity and passion for the game is truly inspiring. While we always do some sort of end-of-year party with goody bags for the team, I also like to bring a special snack for the kids at some point during the season. It’s a fun way of recognizing the kids efforts and hard work throughout the season! The snacks…
  • FREE Printable Mother’s Day Coupon Booklet

    Piera Jolly
    4 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    A cute and very easy gift to give mom this Mother’s Day is a booklet filled with coupons that she will love. How about a coupon that mom can redeem for a long nap? Or a bubble bath? Or even better…how about a coupon redeemable for help in the kitchen or with laundry? Those are the kind of coupons I want lol!   Today, I am sharing this cute and FREE printable Mother’s Day coupon booklet with you! Just download, print, cut coupons out, punch holes on the side, and bind together using a pretty ribbon. Easy peasy! Download Free Printable To download, click HERE. The post…
  • Help Support the March for Babies® with Kmart

    Piera Jolly
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The moment that you become a mom; you essentially become a mom to all children. While we are all different, the immense love we feel for our children unites us with other moms. We get it. We share in each other’s joy and…we share the pain too. We understand the sleepless nights. We know the joy that comes with those special first moments. We can imagine the heartache of having a sick child or baby. With my baby boy, Lucas   While Lucas and Amelia were not premature, I have several friends and family members whose babies were several weeks and/or months premature. These…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Mom of The Year?

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

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

    Zen Mommy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    The first few years (decades?) of motherhood are hard. Wanting to feed, love and help this adorable little person grow the 'right' way fills any new parent with all consuming questions, the answers to which seemingly allude you alone. And the questions other people ask --- ohhhh the questions. "Is he sleeping through the night?" What the hell does that matter? Worst. Question. EVER.
  • It Is Not Your Job

    Zen Mommy
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If we asked our children these three simple things daily in the way we parent, we just might get a closer look at each one's nature and stop deluding ourselves into thinking we are responsible for MAKING our children (fill-in-the-blank).
  • How to Get Kids to Listen Without Yelling

    Zen Mommy
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are parenting a strong-willed child, it’s likely that each and every time you attempt to exert your authority, your child responds with some sort of resistance. Ignoring you. Defying you. Engaging you with back talk and banter.
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  • What to do if your colleague won’t let you get any work done.

    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Is someone trying to distract you? I have a “colleague” who won’t let me work. She constantly asks to play games. So I gave her a job. Now that she’s CEO of Security, I’m getting a LOT more work done. In fact, I discovered a strange device yesterday. I picked it up and heard a deep voice. I think God was calling me…or maybe my husband. Same thing, right? Bwah ha ha! Ahem. Or should I say Amen? The deep voice told me to stop and smell the roses. We don’t have any roses blooming, yet, so I smelled the azalea. I hope you have the chance to stop and smell the…
  • Spring has unwound

    6 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    Spring sprung…into my nostrils. I don’t mind sneezing. After the merciless winter, it’s nice to see blooms. Yesterday, I spent a lot of time in my garden, cultivating a crop of expensive, stunning flowers… Everything seemed to be going my way, until I skipped to the mailbox and found this atrocity: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My spring ain’t rusty! My spring still coils! Wait…this card will get me a free donut? *squeeee!* It’s official. 50 is the new 10!
  • How I turned my dog into a Pit Bull

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    We need to beef up security at home so no one steals our old swing set. Alas, our dog doesn’t instill much fear into the hearts of thieves and solicitors. I needed to turn my Sheltie into something ferocious. So I went to the hardware store, spent $2.99, and presto! Boo-Yah! She looks ferocious now, right? This post brought to you by People Who Throw Money at Problems. For 299 pennies, you can turn your dog into a Pit Bull.
  • My garden is full of MEN.

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you want to stay out of trouble, don’t have lunch with romance writers. I ignored this rule and met my writer buddies at a conservatory. We spoke about the publishing industry and took pictures of the gardens. But then something odd happened. We found something else to photograph. Oh, golly. Aren’t these gardens magnificent? Suddenly, I can’t get enough of all things botanical. Everything looks so…so…handsome. My. Oh. My. Hand me a rake …and a telephoto lens. Geez oh Pete, I’m returning to the conservatory tomorrow. ‘Cuz I like learning about flowers…
  • Hello spring. Goodbye money.

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I like to avoid uncomfortable things. Like unloading the dishwasher. Or death. Sad movies. And taxes. But it’s April 15th. I can’t avoid taxes any more. Deep breaths. Happy thoughts… Oh, Lordy. I owe this year. Uncle Sam, you’re soooooo mean! Wait, what? There’s been a mistake. I’m getting a REFUND!!!! This post brought to you by my accountant. I love, love, love, love, love her!!!! So, do you compute your taxes? Or do you crawl to an accountant and beg for help like I do?
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  • Let’s just have a chat!

    22 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    When I neglect my blog it really does feel like one of my kids. I feel guilty for not giving it the attention it deserves and needs! This week has been one of those weeks. There has just been little time to sit down, let alone think about content. Also I may have been watching all 3 seasons of Chicago PD and Chicago Fire! So I am taking a break and just going to full you in on whats happening in our corner of the universe. I think I have sorted out our routine with regard to work. This week was a little out because attended a media event on Tuesday so lost a working day. For the most part…
  • What’s more important – your feet or your face?

    20 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    Yesterday McDonalds treated a few of us to an afternoon of spa treatments at Life Spa in Rosebank. It was just what I need, the chance to take some time out just for me. I have wanted a pedicure for weeks now, it is my one beauty indulgence and I do try to get one done at least every 6 weeks but lately I just haven’t had the time to squeeze it in. (Weak excuse I know). So I was super chuffed yesterday when two of the treatments were a mani and a pedi and not just spa mani and pedis but our nails were painted as well. Such a treat! My therapist started chatting to me about facials…
  • The tired – it is in my soul

    18 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    You know how you hold it together until you don’t? You keep the balls in the air, the wheels turning, the mouths fed and then you stop, have a look and the balls are bouncing next to your weary slipper clad feet, the wheels have stopped and the fish fingers are burning. You stand there, too tired to even care. Not the tired that a nap will fix, the tired that has weaved it’s way into your soul. The tired that sits behind your eyes, making them heavy but unable to close. The tired that makes you want to sit in the puddle of chaos and just be because dealing with it, facing it, its…
  • The struggle (and the juggle) are real

    15 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    The struggle to keep all the balls up in the air at the moment has been real lately, really real. Working from home when you have a child at home is tough, some days it is impossible and there really isn’t much you can do when baby won’t nap or is only happy when attached to you in some way. My new job is great but it is pretty stressful setting up a new company and it requires a lot of my time but the reality is I only really have the mornings to work. So I have to cram 7 hours of work into my 4 hour mornings. The struggle to juggle is real. A few years ago all I wanted for my…
  • {Guest Post} Aspirin Dandruff Solution

    15 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is Celeste’s second guest post. Her first one can be found here. Many people suffer with dry scalps, dandruff and oily hair. A terrible combination. There are some great shampoos on the market to treat this problem but I’ve found that while it moisturises the scalp it sometimes leaves your hair oily. My daughter has this problem and after using some of the best and most popular brands on the market I wasn’t too satisfied with the outcome because although her scalp would be fine for a day or two, her hair strands will look like it hasn’t been washed in ages. An…
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  • Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?

    Emily DeJeu
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever experienced this, parents? You’re in the midst of your bedtime routine, but your baby – who would ideally be getting drowsy and relaxed right about now – is instead arching her back, pulling away from you, crying, and generally doing fighting sleep in every way she can. Based on the number of questions we’ve gotten recently in our Helpdesk, this is a problem that many of you have faced. That’s why we’re devoting an article to it today: we’ll lay out the three most common reasons your baby is fighting sleep, as well as 5 solutions that…
  • Benefits of Swaddling with 7 Swaddle Safety Tips (Plus a Giveaway!)

    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today we have a guest post written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN and inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle. Woombie is also giving away two of their Woombie Air so be sure to read to the end to find out how you can enter to win one! Benefits of Swaddling Your Baby When your baby is swaddled, he or she is taken back to the days in the womb, when everything was comfortable, safe and snug. Swaddling has a number of key benefits for both parents and babies – when done correctly and safely: Swaddled babies sleep longer and sounder. Swaddled babies experience less anxiety. Swaddling prevents…
  • Parenting Styles and Sleep: How Your Parenting Style Affects Sleep Training

    Emily DeJeu
    12 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ve said this before: your child’s temperament and personality will heavily influence how you approach sleep coaching, what kinds of sleep coaching methods you use, and how quickly or slowly you move through the process. But YOUR parenting philosophy and personality is equally important! After all, sleep coaching isn’t just dependent on your baby…your sleep coaching plan’s success or failure also depends on your ability to stick with it, and see sleep coaching through to the end. And as our team of consultants has seen over the years, the plan that you can stick with is…
  • 5 Reasons To Start Sleep Training TODAY

    Emily DeJeu
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let me be clear: when to sleep train is a personal choice, that’s heavily dependent on a lot of unique factors. There is not age when all parents “should” sleep train, and while there are sleep training windows that tend to be better for sleep training, and help the process move along smoothly, we always caution parents not to feel pressured to sleep coach during or by a certain time frame. That said – we hear almost daily from parents who are beyond exhausted, whose families are losing precious sleep, whose nerves are fraying, whose work performance is suffering…
  • Why I’ll Never Co-Sleep Again (…Maybe)

    Gina Jacobs Thomas
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I never really gave our sleeping situation much thought before we had kids. We weren’t adamant crib folks, but we weren’t entirely certain that co-sleeping was a good fit either. Then our son was born early and was roughly the size of a cantaloupe when we brought him home. We were so afraid we would roll over him in our sleep (or worse, my postpartum hunger would mistake him for a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies and I would gobble him up as a midnight snack) that it solved our sleeping arrangements for us. Plus, our house was small enough to see his crib from our bed, so it felt like he was…
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    Playground Confidential

  • The real reason I dig a dadbod

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    4 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Image via Flickr cc license.  Beards and man buns can step aside because the latest dude trend is the dadbod. It all started about a month ago when Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod,” on The Odyssey. Then last Thursday New York Mag’s The Cut tried to figure out what ... [Read more...]The post The real reason I dig a dadbod appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Canadian baby advice.  And don’t miss the PROMO CODE at the end! The sun is throwing little slivers of warmth our way, snow banks are shrinking and pedicures are being booked. You can almost smell the spring in the air. Not ... [Read more...]The post 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Mix and match fun with custom Modarri cars {& discount code}

    22 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    We discovered Modarri cars last year, and we quickly became obsessed. Basically, they are everything my son loves. Fixing things: check Racing: check Designing stuff: check Things with wheels: check So, what are Modarri cars? They are build-it-yourself custom cars that you can mix and match and customize to your heart’s content. Each car even comes complete with a special hex tool so you can break down each car into its multiple parts: a chassis, hood and windshield, seat pan, seat, fenders and frame, and wheels with front and rear suspension. And, each of those parts can be used with other…
  • Kid tough dress up gear from Aeromax {Junior Fire Fighter Suit review}

    20 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    In our house, dress up day is any day that ends in a "y". We don’t merely have dress up time - pretty much all play time these days is done in costume. And, for us, dress up isn't limited to just inside play. My kids wear their costumes to stores, to parks, walking to and from school, and so much more. This is just a small snapshot into the last year with my little man. Obviously, we can't get by with cheapy costumes designed for one day use; we need Get Real Gear from Aeromax. My son has become so famous for his amazing Aeromax costumes that I swear I could sell their dress up clothes…
  • A sleep sack for all seasons from Merino Kids

    12 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    My first child was born during an uncharacteristically hot June. During her first months, our main goal was to keep her covered, but yet keep her cool enough during naps and at nighttime. As for my son, he was born at the very end of September and the goal was just the opposite as we struggled to keep him warm during the day and at night. Ironically, the same product that would have worked for my June baby would have also been the one that I would recommend for my September baby. This, my friends, is the brilliance of Merino wool, a natural body temperature regulator that helps keeps your…
  • 6 tips to getting a good night's sleep with Restonic {ComfortCare Select mattress giveaway}

    6 May 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about beds. Namely, that I don’t spend nearly enough time in mine. But, with full days and late nights trying to work after the kiddos go to sleep, paired with middle of the night feedings and early mornings doing school drop-offs, sleep has been somewhat elusive these past few months. Such is the life of a mom of three. Of course, all the tiredness is more than worth it when you wake up to this smiling face. But, that doesn’t mean I have to just have to accept that I’m just not going to get good sleep. It turns out there are plenty of ways I can at…
  • May 9th - A day for mom to Indulge at Northgate Mall, Seattle

    5 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Seattle readers - are you on the Northgate Mall email list? If you aren't, you should be.That's how they let you know about big happenings at the mall, including all the awesome events they throw throughout the year. It's like I always say: when Northgate throws a party, you should show up. We plan our weekends around their events, and for a very good reason. Unlike some malls that have "events" with a few tables and a small, confused crowd milling about looking like they aren't sure if they should be there or not, Simon Malls truly know how to party. As huge fans of Northgate Mall, our local…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Featured Post: Fun and frugal May half term activities – how to entertain the kids for less

    Claire Walsh
    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    With half term on the horizon, if you are like me you’ll be looking for fresh ways to keep the children occupied. If you’re fed up with the constant hum of Minecraft YouTube videos and the cry of ‘i’m bored’ you might find some of these ideas helpful: Make plans in advance Think of various things to do in advance of any holiday. I have written about this before, i’ve found it incredibly useful to timetable activities so there is always something to do. It doesn’t matter if you change these plans, but at least you have something there! You might find…
  • Help! I can’t ‘do’ my 8 year olds grammar…

    Claire Walsh
    13 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I went to school in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when I was at primary school there was no emphasis on the teaching of grammar. Some might say that this is all too evident in my writing, whilst others have mentioned to me that they find my turn of phrase and lack of punctuation quite charming. All I can say is that it hasn’t really held me back in life, either at work where i’ve had to write exhibition panels, articles and labels or at university. Although, I did focus on some quite scientific topics where it could be argued that a lack of ability to over elaborate is…
  • Enjoying Miffy’s Birthday

    Claire Walsh
    13 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Miffy is 60 years old this year! We celebrated with author Tony Mitton last year when he launched the new updated stories that he has written. The children absolutely loved meeting Miffy on that day and it was one of the most memorable days of the year. I was thrilled when I was asked to become a Miffy Mum this year, its the chance to help celebrate again and enjoy all those lovely stories and striking artwork again. Its particularly important to me because I think that with Ned heading off to Nursery in September, this is probably the last year before I have grandchildren where I can indulge…
  • Children and Spiders

    Claire Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I used to be alright with spiders. That was until I was about 16 and I woke up to find the most enormous house spider on the wall above my head board, it was so big I had to send help to get the boy who lived up the road to come and get it and remove it. After that I was slightly traumatised by a tarantula which crawled up the wall of our apartment on the beautiful Greek Island of Symi (no one told me they lived there). The locals set fire to it, for days afterwards I had to walk past a set of scorched legs still attached to the wall. The husband is terrified of spiders, its bad but he has…
  • Featured Post: Fashion and the Big 40

    Claire Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Usual uniform; jeans and a sweatshirt. (I built my own tent from a groundsheet- a surprisingly everyday experience in my life) And so it has passed and i’ve entered my fourth decade. Its a big milestone and an insignificant moment, but one things for sure I probably do need to start thinking about making sure my wardrobe is a bit more appropriate. The jeans and old festival t-shirts or tops with holes in probably are not going to cut it any more I need to get grown up! Over the past year I’ve been trying quite hard to get fit and this has resulted in a bit of weight loss, some of…
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  • Mushroom Crack AKA Russian Mushroom Julienne

    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Dried Mushrooms Hanging from the Stove A while back, as we were studying about Russian in our chronological journey through history, I decided to research Russian restaurants in the Austin area. I remembered going to a place where we got some fantastic brine pickles and bought a beautiful book on Russian cuisine right after we first moved back to this area in 2007, but we hadn’t been there in many years and found it had closed down. I discovered to my delight that there was, in fact, a different place in downtown Austin that we could try out called (of course) “The Russian…
  • My Low-Tech Spiral Notebook Weekly Assignment List for the Teens

    15 May 2015 | 11:35 pm
    I haven’t done a homeschooly post in a while and honestly, we’ve had a difficult year, but we are trucking along. In the beginning of the year I had ideas of how things were going to go, but as the bible verse says, “many are the plans of a man’s heart but the Lord directs his steps” or something like that… God had His own plans for this year. It is hard when you give Him the eraser and watch your dayplanner get full of those little messy eraser leftover pieces, but I’m still finding JOY that He’s in control and the more I watch Him burn away…
  • THSC Arlington – The Newest Texas Homeschool Book Fair and Conference

    6 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Homeschool mom looks at curriculum in THSC Vendor Hall I used to love going to the Arlington Homeschool Book fair back in the day. I have been many times. I’ve been taking photos for THSC in the Woodlands for quite a few years now, so I have only been to Arlington once or twice in the past five years, though. I was excited when I found out that THSC bought the book fair and plans to add a few features from the Woodlands book fair that I had grown to love. THSC has asked me to come to Dallas this week and take pictures during their debut Arlington conference, so I will be there taking…
  • My First Wedding Photography Shoot… I Think I’m in Love.

    4 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    I said I would never shoot a wedding. As much as I love portraits and event photography and art shots, I was listening to that little voice of fear about how stressful a one-time event like a wedding would be. The voices we listen to can be intimidating. Can I hack it under pressure? Chelse and Nathan I guess I was about to find out. Aren’t they cute? That was taken at the rehearsal dinner. I was playing with my off-camera flash. Her skin is flawless and she’s as cute as a button. What could go wrong, right? I can’t imagine anyone has ever taken a bad picture of this…
  • Austin Senior Portraits and Bluebonnet Fever

    12 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Best Buds My oldest son is a year behind in school, so his best buddy is graduating a year ahead of him. Granted, his best buddy is about 6-8 months older, but they have grown up together and it is a difficult time for teens when their friends are finishing up and they still have books to read and transcripts to perfect. I can’t believe I’ll be taking senior shots for my own two teens next year! B & K Kaden met his friend Brandon in 2007 and they have been friends ever since. Brandon and him have a running joke about a game of dodge ball in which one of Kaden’s front…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Responding with sensitivity when it’s hard

    Alexis Schrader
    21 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    As an API Leader, I frequently give parents guidance on ways to respond to their children in different situations. But the truth is, I don’t always follow my own advice. As all parents know, it’s one thing to be removed from a situation and think about solutions rationally; it’s quite another to deal with a public tantrum or a kid who won’t go to bed when you are exhausted and frustrated. That’s why it’s important to have tools at your disposal to cope with these situations before they arise. First, it’s helpful to become aware of how often you respond in a way you’d rather…
  • Would you like some pictionary with your soup?

    21 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Editor’s note: This post was published originally on Oct. 25, 2008, and it continues to give timeless inspiration to parents seeking connection at meal time: All this talk about presence has made me re-examine some of the good, and bad, habits my family has fallen into. When I was a new mom, and therefore full of boundless optimism and energy, I promised my family would never watch television during dinner. I swore that we would use that time to talk about our day, connect with each other over world events, get reaquainted with the people we lived with day to day. Then I went to school,…
  • The mother’s ‘guilt cyst’

    Effie Morchi
    19 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    I suspect that for nearly all women, soon after our first-born makes the exit out of our bodies and into the world, a “guilt cyst” begins to grow inside us — metaphorically speaking, that is. When my first child was born, I quit my job and became a stay-at-home mom. That decision came as a surprise to me, but it felt right at the time. However, once the overwhelming feelings of immense responsibility and sheer exhaustion subsided, guilt started take over. I felt guilty for my lack of financial contribution to our household. With me not working — in the “professional…
  • It’s alright that you need me

    Yvette Lamb
    18 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    My child, I want to say this to you: It’s alright that you need me. Needing is good. Needing is natural. When you cry for me, when you wrap your arms around me, when you sigh because you feel happy in my arms…you’re behaving just as you should. You are finding out where you fit in this world, discovering all there is around you and learning how to feel safe. You are young and new and so many things at the same time: brave and unsure, loud and quiet, shy and confident, content and needy. You are all of these things, and that is alright. I have worried before. We spend a lot of time…
  • Kangaroo Care for every baby

    15 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Editor’s note: May 15 is Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, on observance designed to increase awareness of Kangaroo Care and skin-to-skin contact. This is one of the many ways that mothers and fathers and their babies can benefit from Attachment Parenting International‘s Fourth Principle of Parenting: Use Nurturing Touch. Today is Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, a day we at NüRoo are proud to celebrate, as it highlights the importance and benefits of the practice of Kangaroo Care. More than 40 years of research has proven that in the early months of life, Kangaroo Care (KC) — also…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Between the Lines Blog Tour: Review & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    23 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    How far would I have gone to pursue my dream and defend my beliefs if it required speaking up for the minority? I couldn't help asking myself this question after reading Between the Lines, a middle grade fiction set in one of the most turbulent years in US history. To learn more about this incredible book, you may visit Mother Daughter Book Reviews for the full schedule and follow along the blog
  • Free Kick Off Your Summer Cookbook from Kraft #CookingUpSummer #ad

    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Memorial Day is almost upon us and so is the start of summer. To celebrate,  Kraft is offering their “Kick Off Your Summer” cookbook for FREE! The cookbook features a good number of delicious recipes and tips for picnics, cook-offs, parties and more!  Click the picture below to download your free copy in seconds. Happy #CookingUpSummer! Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox.
  • Komax Lunchbox Set Giveaway

    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do you need to pack lunch for work or school? Do you want to save time by freezing homemade food, which you can reheat and eat during mealtime? Then you may want to keep extra reusable food containers on hand. Enter to win a 3-piece Komax lunchbox set that is microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, leak proof and BPA FREE! Hosted by: Tales From A Southern MomCo-hosted by: Michigan Savings and
  • $50 California Pizza Kitchen Gift Card Giveaway

    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It has been our family tradition to let the men in the house take over the kitchen on Mother's Day. For Father's Day celebration, however, we usually choose to dine out. California Pizza Kitchen is not only a casual dining restaurant which makes a large variety of artisan pizzas, but it also offers an impressive selection of unique pastas and salads featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Why not
  • Moon Mail and Star Kisses Blog Tour: Review & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
      Tour Schedule You've got mail...from the moon! Isn't that exciting?! What do you usually do to comfort your child when you have to be away for some time? Do you think she will love it if she can feel your love and kisses by looking up at the moon and stars at night? Check out this brilliant idea from children's picture book Moon Mail and Star Kisses and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or
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  • 評判の良い占い師は様々な方たちの悩みを占ってきた

    14 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    もしかしたら愛していた人と別離して、非常に辛くて悲しい時間を過ごしているのではありあませんか?こんな時こそおススメしたいのが復縁占いだと思います。 たとえ無料占いをしても、人生のために活かせるか否かというのは、本人次第でしょう。占いで手に入れた情報などをあなたの活力に変えて、ハッピーな生活を手に入れてほしいと思います。…
  • 彼との恋愛占いは口コミで人気の当たる占い無料恋愛サイトで占おう

    14 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    「私は結婚できるの?」「賞味期限はいつごろまで」など、知りたいようで知るのがちょっと恐ろしいことも、迷わず見極める占いが色々とあります。 一般的に占いが好きな女性は当然、それほど占いが好きじゃないかもしれない男の人も、誕生日占いを利用して秘められている運命をなんとなく確かめた事だってあるんじゃないですか?…
  • 口コミで広まっている無料恋愛占いはよく当たる

    14 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    あなたの求める声を聞くのが無料占いの仕事でしょう。良かったら悩んだりしている問題の回答を、無料占いを利用して手にしてみてはいかがでしょう。 私は少しくらい費用が要るようでも、評判の良い占い師さんの占いサイトを使うことが安心できるみたいで、有料の占いには大変よく当たる占いがあってよく利用しています。…
  • 信頼できる占い師が運営している占いサイト

    14 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    結婚に関しては、 例えば想っている人、少し気になっている異性の生年月日を入れると、あなたと彼の恋愛相性を診断することがすぐに出来る便利な相性占いみたいです。 占いをして2人の相性が悲惨でも、絶望したりすることはないですよ。努力すれば相性をもっとよくさせる可能性があるから、相性診断はそれほど過信しないようにするべきです。…
  • 口コミで人気の当たる占い無料恋愛サイトがおすすめ

    14 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    ふつう占い師さんは、おはらいをしたり占いのグッズを売ったりとか、別の収入源があって占い師をやったりしているらしいので、占い業で生計を立てられる占い師はほんの一握りと考えて間違いありません。 恋愛中の異性とはカップルとして最高の相性なのかな?誰でも恋を成し遂げるために、知っておきたい恋人との相性を、2人の誕生日をもとに星占いをしてみるのがおススメです。…
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  • live focused: may is the month for YOU — get started with these ideas

    amy mascott
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
          Friends, it’s taken me a bit to get to this important post this month, but here it is. All year long we’ve been focusing on living with intention, making our time on this earth really count. We’ve covered organization, friendship, clarity, and growth, and now, mid-year, we’re looking at ourselves. Here’s the skinny. . . Live Focused–May is the Month for YOU: (Here I am, enjoying my very first butterbeer. . . a dream.) We’re all busy, this I know for sure. But when was the last time you really took time for you? When have you…
  • preparing kids for Kindergarten: the summer before school starts — Home Study

    amy mascott
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends! Do you have a little one heading off to the wilds of Kindergarten this year?  Then this Home Study is for YOU.     This is just one of the many teach mama Home Studies that are short, information-packed, interactive courses designed to change your life. Perhaps you think ‘changing your life’ is a little lofty–but it’s true.  It really can change your life–and your child’s.  In the last 10 years, I have spoken at dozens of local and national events, sharing information about teaching, learning, and community building.  One workshop…
  • Disney SUPRISE: a checklist for parents who want to pull off a last-minute surprise for kids

    amy mascott
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week, we went to Disney World. For real. One of our most favorite places on earth and the kids’ as well. We’ve been there before, and each time we’ve used the weeks leading up to our trip as a time to prepare with activities, to rock out some Disney word games, to earn Disney Dollars, and to build up pins for pin trading. We’ve even pulled off a rockstar Disney Surprise Scavenger Hunt. So this time we wanted to do something different. We wanted to pull off the last minute, SURPRISE! WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY!!! And tell Maddy, Owen, and Cora at the last…
  • teaching kids to say ‘thank you’ to everyday heroes

    amy mascott
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
          Too often those important people who do everyday jobs are forgotten. Even though they work hard to make our days brighter and lives easier, many times days go by when they don’t get ample thanks. And they deserve it. So our focus this week is to to just that–thank our everyday heroes. We’re teaching our kids as frequently as we are able to say ‘thank you’ to the people who work hard every day, around them. Here’s the skinny. . . Teaching Kids to Say ‘Thank You’ to Everyday Heroes:  Much like we did with our Surprise Notes…
  • parent teacher connect: parents and teachers working TOGETHER is the key to children’s success in school

    amy mascott
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
      We’ve got something cool brewing, my friends, and we want you to come along for the ride! Join us over at parent teacher connect— a platform where parents and teachers can ask questions, get answers, support each other, and learn how to best reach all of our children.   Parents and teachers working TOGETHER is the key to children’s success in school. Parent Teacher Connect is a spot for parents and teachers to CONNECT.  Everyone is welcome here–parents, teachers, administrators, classroom volunteers, you name it. Here we can have a working,…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Top Tips for Visiting Build A Bear To Get Out Alive And With Your Wallet Mostly Intact

    20 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    My children love their local Build A Bear store. Actually, they love all Build a Bear Stores and so I thought I'd share with you some of my top tips for getting out alive and with your wallet mostly intact.Join the Stuff For Stuff Rewards SchemeApart from having a really lovely card to put in your wallet, you will also have get vouchers sent to you periodically. Basically you earn 1 point for every £1 you spend and when you reach 50 points, you earn a £5 Reward Voucher.The children use these vouchers for discounts on more expensive bears, and as they are valid for six months after issue, I…
  • Promise Pets from Build A Bear #Review

    18 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    One of the great things about our local Build A Bear store, is that when we go in every member of staff knows who Top Ender, Big Boy, Daddy and I are and greet us by name. Admittedly, we have been going to the store for several years and the children are forever popping into check out new outfits and other accessories and see new bears, but it is still amazing to me that the staff know me and my family and the staff can even remember for the most part what bears and bits and pieces the children have. Most of the staff know I blog too, as I've done a couple of reviews in the store in the past…
  • The First and Second Week of May

    18 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    I love May, I think it's because of my Birthday being at the start of it, BB's being in the middle of it and the last week of it generally being Half term that some childhood part of me clings to May as being a good month. I've also discovered that May can also be a month of revelations, but the good kind and for that I think that January, September and May all rank as three of my favourite months of the year and my own personal "Start Over" months too.With that in mind, here is May so far.The First Week Of MayWeek one saw me celebrate my birthday and put on a tonne of weight. It was unfair…
  • Big Boy's 7th Birthday

    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today is Big Boy's 7th birthday and it gives me yet another chance to think back about the life that he's had and to remember how he used to be and just how much we love him!Giving birth to Big Boy was memorable, as Big Boy was born in his amniotic sac and decided to have his first poop before he'd fully exited me. We spent the first night in hospital together, me looking at Big Boy and not wanting to put him down (although I did, I learnt from Top Ender!).Big Boy's first birthday came all too quickly and I think that someone may have been a little spoiled.I swear that we blinked and it was…
  • Making The Wrong Choices

    11 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    At Church we have a song that the children sing, called Choose The Right. It's a nice song which encourages children to, funny enough, Choose The Right. The song is something that I often find myself humming at random moments in time and I've found that it's also really useful to hum at the children when they are making choices that I might not approve of... it's also really good advice for when you're lost in a maze.Anyway.Recently I've been making good choices in relation to my general health and well being.I'm sure you've all seen that I've been exercising more and that I've been out…
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  • Celebrating Wins_the ‘Hole’ I keep stepping in…

    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    If you were to have a moment with any of the people I lead (staff or volunteers) you would learn far more about me than this blog reveals. Though I know that statement doesn’t shock anyone, I think it’s worth stating. Please don’t be deceived by the ‘me’ represented on this blog. It’s only a part of who I am… as a leader, as a parent, as a wife, as a Christ-follower. It only tells part of the story.  And typically the parts that make me look good. Now that that’s out of the way. Can we get a little ‘real’ here? I stink at…
  • Daily Tweetage for 2009-03-09

    20 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Originally posted 2009-03-09 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter when driving through the WalMart parking at 6 am, do you still stop at the stop sign? # my keys are safely locked inside the building. And I’m sitting in the parking lot praying someone else remembered to set their clocks back. # hanging out in Toon Town laughing at the series BabyProof. If you’re looking for a good belly laugh, watch it at # watching 5/6th graders spelling words with their feet. Wrote a ltr on the bottoms of their feet. Call out a word they have 2 spell. Lol #…
  • Measuring Success in Children’s Ministry

    20 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Last month at the Orange Conference I had the opportunity to teach a breakout session called Measuring Success in Children’s Ministry. You can imagine the interest around trying to measure what we do and determine if we’re successful. There are so many things we do weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually to achieve our mission as ministry leaders. And though our ministry contexts look different, our denomination affiliations (or lack thereof) vary, our strategies and approaches differ… at the end of the day, we all share a common goal. We want to successfully lead people…
  • When to add Ministry Staff_What do you do?

    18 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    I’m in the trenches this week putting pen to paper (figuratively speaking) trying to define a staffing matrix. What’s a staffing matrix?  Actually… I don’t really know! It just sounds really good. Here’s what I think it means. A matrix is a construct. Like a framework that defines structure. My goal with defining a staffing matrix is to provide a framework we can follow to add staff (paid or unpaid) to our Children’s Ministry teams. Essentially, I want a better way to determine when it’s time to invite someone on the bus. Because my ministry world is…
  • Drinking from the Fire Hydrant

    14 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    Originally posted 2010-04-30 09:03:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter We’re in the final day of  the Orange Conference.  Lot’s of great thoughts from people like Donald Miller, Reggie Joiner, Perry Noble, and more.  Inspiring breakouts by Jeannie Stevens, Jim Wideman, Chuck Bomar, etc.  Behind the scenes interviews of kidmin & stumin bloggers like Sam Luce, Cara Martens, Amy Dolan, Matt McKee, etc. One more day to keep up with the awesomeness happening at Orange 2010… all from your computer.  Enjoy
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  • Marriage Meetings: #1 on Your Agenda?

    Matty Staudt
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
      I have an amazing wife. I can still say that after a dozen years of marriage. Seriously, we barely argue, and I can honestly say she is my best friend. The issue is, we try so hard to make each other happy that we often aren’t open about what bothers us about the other person. They are little things, but little things add up.   I know we aren’t alone. I can’t imagine a couple who has been married for any length of time not going through something like this. We actually realized what we were doing. To prevent a pressure-cooker type explosion down the road (the…
  • Why You Need The 5 W’s to Spell L-O-V-E

    Robert Manni
    20 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    Questions to ask on a date You’re on a date. The guy across the table says he loves mountain climbing and spends every free moment outdoors. Suddenly, you pipe up that you just bought a new pair of hikers, making it seem like you are on the trails every weekend. The truth: those hikers are more to traipse around antique fairs than climb Everest. Why do so many of us tend to mold to a stranger’s likes and dislikes immediately on a first date? Easy– we want a second date! Time to reframe the conversation. Women (and men) don’t want dates, but the RIGHT…
  • What Is Your Money Personality?

    Mary Schwager
    19 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Here’s a money-spending pop quiz for you: Do you shop to relieve stress? Can you window shop without spending money? Do you buy things that are on sale even if you don’t need them? If you’re wondering what your answers mean, keep reading! They’re just some of the questions financial expert and author Carla Cargle created to help you try to recognize your money personality. Why is that so important? Cargle warns it directly impacts people’s bottom line. “It enables them to predict potential habits and choices concerning money. Therefore, if a person realizes that they spend too…
  • Perfect Peppercorn Steaks

    18 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    By Taste of Home – email These tender peppered steaks get plenty of zip from a quick-to-fix sauce flavored with mustard and Worcestershire. Ingredients • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, crushed • 2 boneless beef top loin steaks (8 ounces each) • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter, melted • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 1/2 cup red wine or beef broth • 1 teaspoon ground mustard • 1/2 teaspoon sugar • 2 teaspoons cornstarch • 1 tablespoon water Directions • Rub pepper over both sides of steaks. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. In an…
  • Best Skincare Products For Babies

    Inna Shamis Lapin
    18 May 2015 | 6:01 pm
    For new moms, bringing home a baby often comes with anxiety and uncertainty! As if preparing for the arrival of this newborn and getting a nursery in order wasn’t enough, new moms now have to weed through the abundance of products in the baby skin care category to treat common skin ailments like baby acne, diaper rash, eczema and cradle cap. With that in mind, we’ve sampled everything from basic and luxury, to mom, dermatologist and pediatrician-approved products to give you our favorite picks that can help keep baby’s skin smooth, clean and healthy. Lotions 1. Exederm Intensive Baby…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 5/23/2015

    22 May 2015 | 9:13 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! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure! The post Sweeping Saturday 5/23/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • May is Better Sleep Month so why not #CommitToSleep with @SleepNumber

    21 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sleep Number for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Can you believe it’s already the middle of May? I don’t know about you, but it seems like this year is going by so fast! My kids only have one more week left of school […] The post May is Better Sleep Month so why not #CommitToSleep with @SleepNumber appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Save and Make Money on

    Taylor Basilio
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated by this company in return for a full and honest review. Compensation may be monetary or via products. If any of you are anything like me (and by “like me,” I mean obsessed with organization and pretty OCD about keeping your house free of clutter), you definitely […] The post Save and Make Money on appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Tips for painful periods & bloating

    20 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Diurex Diuretics. All opinions are 100% mine. For women that have periods, cramps, bloating and all the other pain that comes with the monthly event can be disruptive to every day life and make you feel moody, achy, and ill. You don’t have to […] The post Tips for painful periods & bloating appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • How to Make Your Home More Inviting

    19 May 2015 | 1:52 am
    Whether you’re thinking about renovating your current home or planning to build a new one, one important factor influencing your design cues should be making your home feel inviting for your family and for your guests. Everyone has their own ideas about features that attract them to a home, so here are just a few […] The post How to Make Your Home More Inviting appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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  • Yes, Mommy

    23 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We tell ourselves that in America we are the Free People. I wonder whether we might not better be called the Obedient People, the Passive People, or the Admonished People. I doubt that any country, anywhere, has been so regulated, controlled, and directed as we are
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • What I want you to know about having a heart attack

    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    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 Kimby.I want you to know that I was 38 years old, a little overweight, but overall healthy. On Monday, June 16, I had what I thought was a gall bladder attack. Two weeks earlier, I was diagnosed as having gall stones, so I had already scheduled an appointment to have my gall bladder…
  • The Duggars, The Village, and the role of the church in sexual abuse allegations

    22 May 2015 | 1:39 am
    I grew up in the church. My dad was a theologian and preacher. My husband was a pastor for almost a decade. I’ve seen the beauty of the church but also the dysfunction. Like any group of human people, church communities are unique and imperfect. It’s unfair to make broad strokes about all Christians based on the behavior of a few. But at the same time, when unhealthy patterns emerge, it’s important to talk about them so that these patterns don’t maintain damaging behaviors.One pattern that has troubled me about some churches is the impulse to deal with child sexual abuse “in…
  • All we are is dust in the wind

    21 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    This post is sponsored by Clorox. Check out tips on keeping your home clean at their websiteLast week I gave an update on our house, and the messy and dusty state of things. I thought things were finally looking up. We had gotten past the point of sanding drywall, and I had hired a housekeeper to come and clean every surface. We mopped the floor, we cleaned out the closets, and we wiped out every kitchen cabinet (thank you Clorox Ready-Mop and for the tips). The kitchen was finally installed and I thought that an end to our gritty existence was in sight.The kids were really excited…
  • Pop-Pop and Dave

    20 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    My grandfather (or Pop-Pop, as we called him) was generally a gruff and grumpy guy who disliked being around people and noise. He lived with our family during his last years, an arrangement and a phase of life that was extremely difficult for him. But he loved Letterman. So much that he would go to bed at 6pm, set an alarm for 11:30, wake up and watch Letterman, and then go back to sleep. This was despite us repeatedly offering to set the VCR timer for him. I could often hear laughter coming from his room late at night. Sometimes I would join him. It was one of the true joys of his day, and a…
  • Wednesday's Child: Jeremy & JD

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

    Jennifer Murray
    21 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    I’ve been neglecting this space because we’ve been CRAY busy in the month of May: Brad’s Trip to Idaho, Baseball Games, Soccer Games, End of School Madness, a Trip to Cedar Point, My Dad’s 80th Birthday, My Dad’s Knee Replacement Surgery. WHEW!  My apologies! This is our 3rd time to return to Cedar Point and just when we thought it couldn’t get better it does each and every time! The older our boys get the more they are able to enjoy and the more we get to do all together as a family.  Everyone was 48″ this year (Yay, Henry!) so very little was off…
  • 5 Things That Saved My Sanity This Week

    Jennifer Murray
    1 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    This week I’ve had the privileged title of “Fort Holder-Downer”, while Brad is across the country. It comes with responsibilities of transporter, homework overseer, meal provider, house manager, conflict revolutionist, and a 4,127 other roles. And YES, I do these every single day, I just usually have back-up.  I have the best teammate I could ask for, so it’s HARD when he’s gone. It’s good in lots of ways too for all of us. It stretches us and forces us to step up, and our appreciation grows for one another, but I’m not going to lie and tell you…
  • Essential Oils for Sports Families

    Jennifer Murray
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    We are officially a 2 sport family this spring. For the first time the boys are divided – Brooks is playing soccer and LOVING it, and the other 3 are playing baseball again. Sure, it would have been more practical for them all to do the same thing, but we’ve never wanted to push them into doing a sport just because their brothers are or making them all play when it’s not something they love. We love supporting them with their own gifts and interests. And although I loved seeing them all in one uniform last spring, I love watching them on the sideline cheering each other on…
  • Easy Homemade Granola Bars

    Jennifer Murray
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    I was looking for something quick and easy to take to church for our Sunday school class over the weekend, and decided to try homemade granola bars, after seeing some easy recipes floating around Pinterest.  I adapted this one for our tastes and to give it more of a protein punch.  The boys were happy that I had a few leftovers to bring home for them to devour! I’m looking forward to making another batch for quick breakfast snacks and to send in lunches! I didn’t expect them to be so simple and delicious to make homemade!  What You’ll Need for Homemade Granola Bars: 3…
  • Scenes from A Landlocked Spring Break

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
      Last week my people were on Spring Break, and as much the ocean calls our names and we’d love some time away, it just wasn’t the right timing for us. At the beginning of the week, I almost blocked all your deep blue water beach pictures, sun-kissed skin, and tank tops from my feed, but we found vacation right here in landlocked Indiana. Really this is the first Spring Break we’ve had as a family. While we homeschooled, I used SB as a catch-up or an easier week, but we didn’t take then entire week off.  It was a rare opportunity to just be together without a lot…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • How To Help Kids Who Are Scared of the Dark

    23 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Somewhere after the long days and months of late-night feedings and diaper changes, and dealing with crying babies, you might experience a new kind of trial. Kids often have a fear of the dark and/or a fear of monsters hiding under the bed.  The question is then, how to help your child overcome their fear of […]The post How To Help Kids Who Are Scared of the Dark appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Walking Tour Of The Historic Centre of Macau, China

    22 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    I recently went to Asia for the second time in my life. I was so excited to visit Macau (also spelled Macao) and get a glimpse of a their culture- which is unusual mix of Chinese and Portuguese since Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999. I had the opportunity to explore Macau as part […]The post Walking Tour Of The Historic Centre of Macau, China appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Overcoming Mental Abuse in Relationships

    Amberly Holden
    22 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Abuse in relationships has become very widely accepted. Physical abuse has become so common that most people are numb to its existence and effects, and every other type of abuse isn’t even considered abuse anymore. Because of this unfortunate reality, many voluntarily continue to suffer every day and encourage the habitual cycle as their children […]The post Overcoming Mental Abuse in Relationships appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • What Kids Learn In Summer Camp

    Rob Youngblood
    21 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Remember all those great camp experiences and camp movies that we all enjoyed as kids!? Of course you do! Now that the start of the season is officially here, kids all over the country start getting ready to head “camping” this summer, there are many things that they will take away other than just late night […]The post What Kids Learn In Summer Camp appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Fresh Tomato And Pesto Pasta Recipe

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I love fresh tomatoes.  Not only do they taste delicious, tomatoes are loaded with health benefits because they are high in nutrients and antioxidants. I also love tomatoes because they go well in so many dishes and you don’t have to be a great chef to whip up a yummy tomato recipe. Just the other day, […]The post Fresh Tomato And Pesto Pasta Recipe appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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  • Choosing a primary school for your child? Here are some helpful tips.

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    23 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The post Choosing a primary school for your child? Here are some helpful tips. appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Kidslock – limit your child’s computer time

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In this modern day era, technology has become so advanced that you can access the internet on so multiple devices. In a snap of a finger, you can have any information right in front of you. Kids these days are becoming more and more tech-savvy. This will also make parents more concern on the type of content that your child is looking at on the internet. Sometimes, you may not be able to keep up with the number of apps your child has downloaded on the the tablet device. However, this has inspired an Australian father of a four-year-old child to create a Windows 8 software application where…
  • Why do parents hate potty training? Watch this video to find out why!

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    22 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Share with us your views on potty training by leaving a comment below! The post Why do parents hate potty training? Watch this video to find out why! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Autistic or Autism? Doesn’t matter. It’s your attitude that counts

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    20 years ago when I was studying for my undergraduate psychology degree in an Australian university, one of my Professors raised this question: “Should we address sufferers of schizophrenia as: people who suffer from schizophrenia or “schizophrenics”?” As we know, Schizophrenia, is a very serious type of mental disorder, where abnormal social behavior and failure to identify what is “real” is exhibited by the person. Basically his point was this: If you say a person has schizophrenia, you are being insensitive and equating a person’s character or personality to the symptoms of…
  • Fend off allergies with formula milk

    Shoba Nair
    22 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    Though breast milk is ideal for babies, sometimes it’s just not an option that’s available—and that’s perfectly okay. But if you later discover that your baby or toddler has eczema or he’s allergic to the formula milk he’s feeding on, what then? Your child may have an intolerance to the formula milk that you are feeding him. The solution, other than breastfeeding, is to find the right type of formula milk for him. World-renowned pharmaceuticals and health care company Abbott has come up with a series of videos to help moms deal with their children’…
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Is Boot Camp the Only Option for Your Child? Read This First

    11 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Have things become so difficult with your teen that you"re considering sending him to a boot camp? You"re not alone; many people first find Empowering Parents and The Total Transformation Program when they are searching the web or information on behavioral boot camps for teens. It"s not unusual to reach the point where you consider sending your child away, especially when he starts to exhibit difficult behaviors that are hard to deal with, but I"d like to propose some alternatives that can work better for you and your child.
  • Top 5 Summer Vacation Problems with Troubled Children - and How to Handle Them

    5 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Summer vacation. This favorite time of the year for kids is often the most stressful time of the year for parents. Whether your child is off for three full months or attends year-round school, if he is oppositional or defiant, you"ve probably learned to dread school breaks. Here are the top concerns we hear from parents and some tips on how to prevent the summer "break" from turning into a summer "breakdown."
  • Encouragement and Empowerment for Moms (With FREE Parenting Mantras!)

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Feeling underappreciated goes with the territory of parenting. As a mom, how many times have you wished for more acknowledgement for all you do from your children, your mate or society? And how many times have you been disappointed when you didn"t see or feel that acknowledgement and encouragement coming back to you?
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  • What to do if you’re going through tough times

    Jodie Benveniste
    21 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    You know those days that are tough? Hard work? You feel like you’ve reached your limit? I know you’ve experienced at least one of those. We all have. And then sometimes those days can string together, and the week can feel tough. Even the month. Even the year. So what are we to do? Well, […]
  • Free Steve Biddulph seminar, beautiful, beautiful words, and something wonderful happens when a baby cries in a lecture

    Jodie Benveniste
    20 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This week’s links…a free Steve Biddulph parenting seminar (you can either attend in person or online), beautiful words (yes words can be beautiful like the word that means ‘the pleasant earthy smell after rain’, know what it is?), and what happens when a baby starts crying in the middle of a university lecture? Something surprising… Steve […]
  • What can you do for 10 mins each day that would change your parenting life?

    Jodie Benveniste
    19 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This question came up on Quora – What can I do for 10 mins every day that would change my life? A great question! And there were some very interesting answers including meditating, prioritising, planning your day, walking, stretching, laughing, helping others, appreciating, writing in a journal, drinking green tea after lunch, flossing your teeth, […]
  • How many children is the ‘right’ number for your family?

    Jodie Benveniste
    17 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Renee emailed me the other day, and said: “I have been thinking a lot about something lately and I am wondering if you would find it an interesting topic to write about. I have two beautiful children and am trying to figure out (with some consultation with my husband!) whether to try for another baby. […]
  • What Dumbledore can teach us about parenting

    Jodie Benveniste
    14 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I was watching Harry Potter – the Order of the Phoenix with the kids recently, and this quote from Dumbledore leapt out at me. He was talking to Harry about, you know, Harry Potter things. But I found it completely relevant to our life as parents. Sometimes – or more often that not – we […]
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Laura’s Success Story: Self Doubt to Success and Better Health

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    19 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    I am thrilled to share the story of Laura Sheridan who joined our team on January 1st. Laura has quickly become a leader on our team and regularly inspires other moms with her dedication, down to earth ways, and her strong commitment to her own health and fitness journey as well as to others. This […] The post Laura’s Success Story: Self Doubt to Success and Better Health appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • This Mom of 2 Has Found Her Way Back to Her Pre-Marriage and Children Self

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    11 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Katy is a mom to two little ones who lives in Canada and decided to join our challenge groups this year. She has had amazing results, but most importantly, she has reclaimed her old self, gained energy, and reconnected with her husband thanks to taking a half hour for herself each day to do our […] The post This Mom of 2 Has Found Her Way Back to Her Pre-Marriage and Children Self appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • This Mom of 6 is Changing Her Life and Saying No to Diabetes

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    6 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meet Maranda, a mom to six children. I knew Maranda had a fire in her to make changes in her life from our first conversations online when she began to consider joining my February 2015 Challenge Group. She had every reason in the world not to join us – being so busy with six little […] The post This Mom of 6 is Changing Her Life and Saying No to Diabetes appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Shakeology Changes Lives: Here’s How!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over 70 superfoods, my energy boost for the day, the delicious “treat” that I look forward to, the thing that has finally helped me to get my anemia under control: Shakeology has been a game changer for me, and I can’t imagine not having it as a daily part of my life. How does it […] The post Shakeology Changes Lives: Here’s How! appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • What is Beachbody Coaching? Join Me April 27th for a Sneak Peek Into My Team

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    If you said to me a few years ago that I could make a full time income as a Stay-at-Home-Mom without leaving my house, on my own time, by simply helping other busy parents better their health and fitness to create a healthier lifestyle for their families, I would have never believed it, but that […] The post What is Beachbody Coaching? Join Me April 27th for a Sneak Peek Into My Team appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
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  • Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts

    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA Burger for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We made big changes in the way we ate a few months ago and cut red meat completely from our diet.  Whoa, right?  That’s a big deal for a family of 7.  In the ensuing weeks, we made it our mission to find healthy, interesting and delicious ways to enjoy veggie burgers in ways that we had never thought of before.  One of our favorite combinations are Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts. Ingredients Needed Here’s what you need to make Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole…
  • Free Printable Thank You Tags for Teachers {teacher appreciation gift}

    11 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m always trying to think of fun ways to say THANK YOU to my kids teachers for all of their hard work.  I want them to know that I don’t take them for granted and that I appreciate that they work hard each day.  May is always a hot month, so to say THANK you to my children’s teachers I got them a water bottle and had a printable designed that said, “thank you for quenching my child’s thirst for knowledge“. Teacher Appreciation Printable Free Printable Files! Thank You Tags for Teachers (8670) {click on link to download} These adorable printables were…
  • Thanks for the A+ Start {FREE} Tags for Teacher Appreciation

    6 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Can you believe Teacher Appreciation week is here?  I ADORE trying to come up with clever, fun and inexpensive ways to tell my kids teachers that they are appreciated, valued and not taken for granted.  This year I wanted to give my kids teachers a “good start” so for one day of teacher appreciation week I wanted to give them breakfast.  The nice thing about this idea is that you can put anything in your “breakfast bag” that your child’s teacher likes.  If you choose the use my Homemade Chocolatey No-Bake Granola Recipe, which I highly recommend, download…
  • Teacher Appreciation Tote {free printable}

    3 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Can you believe Teacher Appreciation week is here?  I ADORE trying to come up with clever, fun and inexpensive ways to tell my kids teachers that they are appreciated, valued and not taken for granted.  This year I wanted to let my kids’ teachers know that they are “golden”.  So, for teacher appreciation week I decided that a gold hand stamped polka dot tote bag would do the trick.  The nice thing about this idea is that you can customize it with any pattern or color and this technique can be used on any type of fabric.   I’ve even made a free printable for you…
  • Coconut Sugar Scrub {homemade gift idea}

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve made a ton of sugar scrubs, but this is one of my favorites because it only uses TWO ingredients.  All you need is coconut oil and sugar to make one of my favorite sugar scrubs!  I adore that sugar scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin!  Homemade scrubs are one of the best gifts ever!  They are my new latest craze {as you know} and after the recent success of my Lemon Sugar Scrub for Mother’s Day gifts, and my Coffee Sugar Scrub for Teacher Appreciation I decided to go all out and try 6 more fruity sugar scrubs!  So, here’s an…
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  • Kids anxious swimming? Try these fun books!

    20 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Image via Flicker / Donnie Ray Jones It’s National Water Safety Month and summer is on its way… which means more time around pools, lakes, and water parks. If you are trying to launch your little ones into lessons but they have other ideas, there are great some great children’s books out there to remove the fear factor. I’m over at EverydayFamily today with 5 books for nervous swimmers. Do your kids have swimming stories they love? Share them! The post Kids anxious swimming? Try these fun books! appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related…
  • What rocks my parenting world, plus a car seat trick for summer

    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Image via Flickr/ Donnie Ray Jones I love finding ways to tame my household chaos, especially when those hacks keep me away from the often overpriced children’s lines of products. I’m over at EverydayFamily with 5 unexpected items that have rocked my parenting world, plus a summer tip for your kiddos in car seats this summer! I hope you will check it out and add your own tips as well. ~Tracy The post What rocks my parenting world, plus a car seat trick for summer appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesUntetheredKids anxious swimming? Try…
  • Summer is coming! Bring the fun to your mailbox!

    4 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Image via Flickr / Vanessa, Silly Eagle Books Given that I had my winter coat on four days ago here in Chicago, uttering the word “summer” seems a bit absurd. But it’s coming. And that means that this not-so-crafty mama needs to come up with ideas to keep my little busy bodies engaged. This past Christmas, I decided to forego the big gifts at home and ordered a couple of subscriptions for the kids instead. It has been awesome – The kids love getting mail addressed to them, and the activities we have received has been educational and fun. I plan to keep some of these…
  • Motivation, lizards, and the “spinny” place

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Photo credit: Flickr / Alice Barigelli I can’t tell today if I want to have a dance party under my kids’ disco light or climb under the covers. I am in the process of making my freelance and consulting world more of a big-kid venture, and I have a distinct window of time to determine if my own gig is financially viable for me, or if I should go back in-house somewhere. So I’ve got some hefty career and financial goals this year. I know what I want to accomplish with my writing. I have running and fitness plans. I have personal goals for reconnecting. Those are all great…
  • Donna Day 2015: Don’t just choose hope – Choose action

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    Today is the fourth annual Donna Day, where we choose hope against pediatric cancer – and more than that, we do something about it. I’ve written about Donna and her story before, which you can read more about here and here. Beautiful Donna Each year, Mary Tyler Mom and Donna’s family and friends gather at the Candlelite Chicago for a fundraiser and head shaving event benefiting St. Baldrick’s. I’ve been two of these events. They are full of laughter and hugs. It is loud, full of energy and the yelling of announcements, raffles and auctions, and piles of hair piling up on the…
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  • Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition Demo and Review

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

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

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

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This sponsored post and $50 Toys “R” Us gift card giveaway are on behalf of the Toy Industry Association’s initiative, which celebrates the many proven benefits of play. Any opinions included are my own. This year, my family couldn’t be any more eager for Spring, happily leaving those monstrous snowbanks from the snowiest winter in history behind us. While exercise and activity levels are individual to each person, many people are becoming increasingly aware of the physical and emotional benefits of outdoor play and exercise. Not only are these…
  • Scratchy Clothing Can Be A Big Sensory Issue for Children

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    If you have a child or are sensitive yourself, you know that scratchy clothing can be a big sensory issue for children. You know — the tags that people are adamant about removing, the way kids or adults rub clothing textures through their fingertips in stores before purchasing looking for something that “feels just right.” Or, the way a child can put on an article of clothing that “looks” like it will feel good, then rip it off seconds later asking for their favorite article of soft, comfy clothing? Whether this sensory issue is a standalone issue or part of a…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 14 Ways to Help Conserve Sea Turtles

    22 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Every year the second graders at our elementary school get to pick a sea animal to study. This year, my second grader chose the sea turtle. He spent a great deal of time learning about sea turtles, and was eager to find his newly beloved animal on a recent vacation and when we visited the aquarium. This Saturday, May 23rd, is Turtle Day, meant to encourage people around the world to discover turtles and tortoises, and learn how to help protect and conserve these very important creatures. Believe it or not, sea turtles have existed on Earth and in our seas for 100 million years. They have…
  • 21 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

    15 May 2015 | 4:20 am
      After two very long and cold winters, it’s time to get outside again. Well, it’s time for people like me who hibernate inside during the cold months to get outside and enjoy the happier weather. Cue the Beatles: “Sun, Sun, Sun… Here it comes.” Of course, this also means it is time to think about sun exposure. As you probably know, people who get a lot of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays are at a higher risk for skin cancer, which is on the rise in the United States. But did you know that more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each…
  • That Girl in the Chorus

    14 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    The tween and teen years are such an awkward time for some kids. Well, for most kids, if we are being realistic. When my son found out earlier this year that chorus is mandatory for all students, he all but had a panic attack. “But Mom, you KNOW that singing is just not my thing.” Before I even had a chance to reach out and warn her, the music teacher emailed to say that she heard my son was apprehensive and would not give him a solo (or do anything that made him uncomfortable), as she wanted this to be a pleasurable experience for all the kids. Recently I attended said school chorus…
  • How to Stay Calm During a Doctor Appointment After Infertility

    13 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you have been through any type of serious infertility issues, it is likely that you have had more internal exams than any one woman should have in a lifetime. You may have even had to have an internal procedure, or (as in my case) several. Whether or not you have children now, no matter how you brought those children into your family, life after infertility is different than the life you had before. My doctor, who delivered my younger son, knew what I had been through. Though she wasn’t there for the fertility treatments, the endless tests, or the multiple procedures, she understood. She…
  • The Taboo of Talking about Women’s Issues

    8 May 2015 | 3:20 am
      On Mother’s Day of 2006, I had my seventh miscarriage. I sharing with you now because of a conversation I had with a friend last weekend about the taboo of talking about women’s issues such as infertility, miscarriage, prematurity, and postpartum depression in our society. Also, much of the conversations at the recent Mom 2.0 Summit blogging conference were about opening up more on our sites and using our platforms to tell our stories. And this is my story. When it comes to infertility, miscarriage, prematurity, and postpartum depression, I had them all. So I can relate to just…
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  • Use This Simple Method for Re-igniting the Flame of Reading

    Abel Cheng
    12 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Photo Credit: thejbird If possible, I want to inculcate the habit of reading in my children. We did it when they were young. J and K both love books. However, with the daily grind of school works and activities, somehow the passion subsides and reading is not part of what they do anymore. In comparison, K fares better than J as I mentioned in this article: For some strange reason, what works on K doesn’t work on J. J needed a little push as far as reading is concerned. I wanted to sit down and relax and was hopeful that J would catch up…
  • Teaching compassion in calamity

    Abel Cheng
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk By now, you might have known that an earthquake hit Nepal last Saturday and it caused more than 3,000 deaths so far. The victims have gone through tremendous sufferings of having lost their loved ones and properties. A friend who works for a charitable organization was quick to announce that she was collecting donation for the Nepalese victims. I usually chip in and that is the end of story. But this time, I wanted to do it differently and more meaningful. Before that I will let you in on a secret. Although J and K are not the richest kids in the neighborhood but…
  • Best gift ever…

    Abel Cheng
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    Here’s a touching true story about how a single mother raised her daughter: Not by spoon feeding but by letting her face problems and find answers through experiences. I totally agree with the mother on how she brought up her daughter by not doing the tasks for her. Teaching the child how to fish (instead of fishing for him) is the best gift a parent can give to his child. The 3-minute video is in Thai but English subtitle is available. Have fun. For more parenting tips that raise independent kids, check out “The Nonconformist’s Guide to Parenting.” More details at: The…
  • Make this part of your dinner

    Abel Cheng
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
    No this is not a secret recipe that will trick your child into eating greens. And as I explain later, neither is dinner the time to scold your child for a mistake he has done for the day. Let me ask you this: Do you have dinner with your family every day? If your answer is “no,” please consider doing it. I have made it a commitment to uphold this family value of having dinner together to the best that I can. Not that I like to eat (even though I have to admit I do) but dinner is the time for the family to get together and share what everyone has done through the day. Besides…
  • The important lesson of letting go

    Abel Cheng
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Before the GST (Goods and Services Tax) kicks in next month on April Fool’s Day, we have a few big ticket items to buy. Sofa being one of them. As usual, we bring along J and K to look for a new couch to replace the existing worn-out set that we have been using for 12 years (that shows how frugal we are!). J and K are very happy to help us scout for the new sofa set. We are looking at a wide range of materials: from leather to fabric, from rattan to teak. In the end, after 4 rounds of shopping, we set our eyes on a set of bold-colored fabric sofa which we think will brighten up our…
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    Life With Boys

  • Welcome To Camp Crystal Lake

    21 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Check out my post on Link: Welcome To Camp Crystal Lake Read more →
  • I am Woman…

    7 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Hear me roar!  Or whatever the saying is.  Ok, I know that’s the saying, but bear with me a minute here. There is a video circulating on the internet-I’ve seen it pop up on my FB feed a few times-of a young, female Medic (I am not sure of the branch) struggling to cross the […] Read more →
  • Kinda, Sorta Sick of It

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    And by that I mean the snap judgments I hear from people about the situation in Baltimore. If you watch the news, hell if you live in the US, there’s no doubt you heard about what’s going on.  Now, we don’t live too far from Baltimore, and I can say it’s a wonderful city, with […] Read more →
  • Resilience

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Kids have it!  And I wish I had more. As I mentioned yesterday, when Dean was bit by my sister’s dog, it was the only time in my life I remember being truly terrified.  And the true fear set in later that night. While we were at the hospital, it was all about making sure […] Read more →
  • True Terror

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    I’ve been a fan or horror movies for years-more years than I can remember.  My first horror movie was “Poltergeist” and I watched it with my mom.  She was worried that I would be scared, and that I wouldn’t be able to sleep.  I was fine. In fact, there have only been two movies/books that […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Is It Unprofessional To Bring Your Child To Work? Stephen Curry Doesn’t Think So And Neither Do I

    20 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
      NBA MVP Stephen Curry made headlines last night for bringing his 2-year-old daughter Riley to the podium with him for his post-game press conference, after his team beat the Houston Rockets in game 1 of the Western Conference finals.  As you can see, Riley was HYPE! She was full of energy (man, what time was the game over?) and ready for some Daddy time, which is probably why she was up there to begin with. As the video has made the rounds today, some folks shared with a “Aww, how cute!” while others (Grinches) were insistent that since Curry makes his living shooting…
  • #WeSaluteYou: Joyful Portraits Of Student-Parents At Graduation

    18 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    There is nothing quite like the rush of relief and the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies graduation day. For millions of student-parents around the country, that feeling is magnified by the fact that their kids are there to share in their celebration. As someone who has done the student-parent thing twice (as an undergrad and a graduate student), I know first-hand the difficulties that come along with the role. I created this #WeSaluteYou campaign to give these women a platform for their accomplishments! Please join me in celebrating them and giving them a virtual high five! [Three…
  • How Just Three Months Of Therapy Has Changed My Life

    14 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    It has been approximately two months since my last meeting with my therapist. I had struggled for years to make the final decision to go. I felt like if I could just get through this season in my life, whatever that season was—new motherhood, home buying, graduate school, husband’s promotion—then the fog would lift and I’d be able to get through my days. But for some reason, whenever I checked out the achievement that would supposedly help life get back to “normal,” I would still feel anxious and tired and depressed. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, but…
  • [In The Kitchen] Spicy Lemon Shrimp + Spinach Pasta

    11 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    I made this dish on Friday as a “Congratulations, it’s the end of the week!” dish for me and my husband. It’s pretty affordable (especially if you catch the shrimp on sale) and comes together quickly. Try it for your next date night. Ingredients: 1/2 pound angel hair pasta 2 garlic cloves, chopped (use more if you really like garlic!) 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (use more or less depending on how spicy you like it) 1 lemon (zested and then halved) 2 big bunches (handfuls) of fresh spinach 3 big splashes of white wine (I used pinot grigio) 1/2 cup…
  • #CelebrateEachMom With ProFlowers: The Surprise Gift That Shows How Much You Care

    8 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    You know how each year, in the weeks before Mother’s Day, you have all these grand plans to do something nice for the mothers in your life? You want to throw a nice Mother’s Day brunch perhaps, or get them small, beautiful gifts to signify the love you have for them. But inevitably, I always end up sending a weak “Happy Mother’s Day” text or a brief phone call, nothing that really gets at how much I appreciate them and all they do. This year, however, I was fortunate enough to be able to send five moms—my BFF from childhood, my mom, my grandmother, my…
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    Mindful Mum

  • Luxury cars bought during mid-life crisis

    Mindful Mum
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Statistically, men are most likely to go through a midlife crisis when they hit 42 and it can last for anything between three and 10 years. Rather than being looked at as a sign of depression, many claim that the modern way to view a midlife crisis is to treat it like a transitional period and not fear it creeping up on you, as there are lots of signs that a midlife crisis is about to rear its ugly head! Nowadays, looking up ex-partners on Facebook despite being married with 2.4 children is a common tell-tale sign, along with sleep problems, hair thinning and of course, the obligatory…
  • What to do if you’re worried about your child’s hearing

    Mindful Mum
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    There are many different aspects of our children’s health and development that we worry about. These include whether they’re eating enough, putting on the right amount of weight, and hitting development milestones along with all of their peers. One health aspect that doesn’t always necessarily occur to parents to consider is how good their child’s hearing is. If you’ve not given your child’s ability to hear any thought, then that’s generally a good sign that everything is fine. When your child goes through their different childhood checks at the health centre, hearing tests are…
  • Be the office legend, thanks to JUST EAT’s tasty competition

    John McHugh
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    It’s a dilemma faced by every employee who’s unlucky (or foolish enough), to be friends with a colleague whose birthday falls during the working week – the responsibility of organising the birthday meal for not just the birthday man or women but for their entire department. As much as anyone in that position would want to prepare some fabulous food all by themselves, having to perform your office duties as well makes this becomes impossible. Of course ordering-in has crossed your mind! The idea of piping hot food arriving at the office door is bound to make your mouth water. Thankfully,…
  • How to Protect Your Family from the Flu Virus

    John McHugh
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    Over the centuries, influenza epidemics have killed millions of people, and today, despite great advances in medicine, flu is still fatal for some members of the population. Flu is a common virus, but some strains of it are more dangerous than others. You can catch flu all year round, but the virus tends to be a lot more prevalent during the winter months. Flu is a nasty illness whatever your age, but older people and the very young are most at risk from the effects of the flu virus. Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid catching any virus unless you become a hermit, but you can minimise…
  • Smart casual – a new look in my repertoire

    John McHugh
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    Smart casual is a new look I’m enjoying. As a Digital Marketer, I visit client sites daily so I have to look quite smart. But my office is a cool ‘co-working’ environment, so I also have to look quite fashionable. The answer: smart casual jeans from our friends @ Repertoire Fashion. Repertoire Fashion were looking for some mums to trial some product’s, and they suggested the Armani Stretch Skinny jeans, which I have to say are just perfect. The jeans are skinny stretch, so they’re seriously comfy. But they’re also great quality, which means they should cope with the…
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    We Got Kidz

  • The 4 Biggest Internet Scams to Warn Your Children About

    Karen Boyarsky
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      You’ve got to give credit to those people running scams on the internet for creativity and as well as for their staying power. If only they could harness those powers for good. (Sounds like the plot for a Hollywood superhero movie, but that’s another topic for another time.) Nevertheless, it seems as though internet scams are here to stay; but the schemes of a small group don’t have to keep your group offline. By keeping some basic online safety tips in mind, the World Wide Web can be a safe, enjoyable experience for you and the entire family. Flip through to…
  • Kids Grow Up Fast! Here are 15 Celebrity Kids Who Seemed to Have Grown up Over Night

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      I’m convinced that, as a parent, if you blink, you’ll miss your kids growing up. I swear that yesterday my twin 4-year-olds came out of their room three inches taller sans all of their baby fat. It happens fast! They look like little… big kids! They’re no longer the tiny little helpless creatures that I held in my arms only but a few years ago. It makes me misty.   Outside of my own children’s super-charged growth, when I see celebrity kids who were only youngsters yesterday all grown up driving cars and swollen in places that I don’t remember them being swollen, it…
  • 6 Ingenious Ways to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Since I’ve discovered how easy it could be to make a few simple adjustments to my bedroom routine, I’ve been sleeping better than I have in years. I had no clue that something as effortless as pairing a calming scent like Moonlit Lavender from the Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist line with ZzzQuil (on nights when I have difficulty falling asleep) could help an occasional sleep sufferer like me drift off to sleep so much easier. I’ve learned so much during my participation in Procter & Gamble’s Try It & Love It Sleep Soundly campaign. For instance, by simply misting a…
  • 4 Ridiculously Easy Easter Basket Stuffer Craft Ideas [Infographic]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re anything like me, you’re probably prone to waiting until the last minute to figure out what to put in your kid’s Easter baskets. Candy is, of course, the easiest route, but way too unhealthy. Those premade four foot tall Easter baskets with the plastic grass are decidedly convenient, but we all know that the contents combined aren’t at all worth that “$19.99″ price tag. So what should we do? Well yours truly was up late last night combing the internet in an attempt to find the coolest, cleverest, and most importantly, easiest Easter basket stuffer…
  • How Getting a Great Night’s Sleep Can Change Your Life – BONUS: 3 Tips to Help You Cope with Daylight Savings Time [Sleep Package Giveaway!]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s been about a month since I made a few adjustments to my bedtime routine with Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist and ZzzQuil. I’ve used the Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist in my regular Sunday night bedroom routine having high hopes of achieving a more sound night of sleep so that I could start my weeks off right. On the nights when I had difficulty falling asleep, ZzzQuil has helped me fall asleep easily. After a month, I can honestly say that trying these products  is one of the best things that I’ve ever done. According to a survey fielded by Febreze and ZzzQuil,…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Say Hello to Mom's New Little Helper #SwashatBestBuy

    22 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Laundry. Please tell me I am not the only mom who cringes at the thought of that word? With 4 boys in the house, it seems there is never an end to the piles of clothes to be washed, dried and ironed. Luckily, a new product has come to Best Buy that is the perfect 10-minute clothing care solution. It is like something right out of the Jetsons, right? A machine that can actually help take care
  • Dare To Be Bold! + $1 AXE Hair Coupon #BoldNewAXE

    22 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    If there were only one word I could use to describe my oldest son, it would most definitely be bold. He is fearless, and not in a daredevil let me jump off this cliff and see if I survive sort of way. No, he is fearless in the fact that he is not afraid to be himself. Over the years his style has changed from skater clothes, only kaki pants and polo shirts, cowboy garb, and finally he has
  • 10 Ways the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is Committing to Balance and Active Play #DPSBalance

    21 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Some of my boys are hardcore Dr. Pepper fans, but it wasn't until I had the opportunity to attend a virtual briefing with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group that I realized just how many of their products that we use on a daily basis. In fact, Dr. Pepper Snapple is the third largest beverage manufacturer in the U.S., with more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, teas, juices and mixers under
  • 5 Ways to #CommitToSleep

    21 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sleep Number for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. May is Better Sleep Month. I know that I definitely do not get enough sleep each night, especially now that the boys and I are on our #90DayRoadTrip, because after our fun is done for the day, I still have to do all of my regular work while the boys sleep. Unfortunately, I am not alone in
  • Share A Happy Message This Summer #SqueezeMoreOut

    20 May 2015 | 9:12 pm
    One of our favorite things to make while we are traveling on our #90DayRoadTrip is sandwiches. They are easy to make, the ingredients can be stored in a cooler and we do not need any fancy equipment or utensils to put them together. The boys have a great time picking out different combinations each time we go to the store, and I like to try and put a smile on their face and make their
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Mother's Day Staycation at Conrad Hotel

    21 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Happy and Blessed MOM-meLast Mother's Day was by far the sweetest and happiest celebration I had in 12 years as a mom. The kids and the hubby showered me with many priceless gifts. Tightest hugs, sweetest kisses, handmade cards, white roses, Hokkaido cheesecake and a staycation at Conrad Centennial Singapore. I gifted the hubby a staycation at Hard Rock Hotel last Father's Day and he reciprocated. I was over the moon!G running towards the grand piano as soon as we enter the hotel premisesWe woke up a little late on Mother's Day eve and it took us a long time to get a taxi so we only arrived…
  • Favourite Blogger: Daphne Osena Paez

    20 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Photo from Daphne Osena Paez Facebook PageMy first ever featured favourite celebrity blogger is none other than Daphne Osena Paez! I was so elated that she graced my online interview. Daphne is a huge name in the Philippines but it didn't go to her head at all.Photo taken during Daphne's visit in Tacloban. Credit: @daphneop InstagramShe was described at Wikipedia as TV host, producer and a businesswoman from Manila. I'd describe her as an inspiring woman and an amazing mom to three girls. To begin with, she is the first Filipina ever appointed as Special Advocate for Children by…
  • New and Exciting Ways To Remember Your Travels

    19 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I love to travel; you can’t beat it. The best thing about travelling is the memories you create on the way.SourceWanderlust is my favourite word, and I love collecting photos and trinkets. Flicking through old pictures of my travels got me thinking, how else can I store memories? Read on for some ideas to make your next trip the most memorable yet.Phone PhotographyYou don’t have to own an expensive camera to take beautiful pictures on your travels. Most smartphones are now so advanced they match up to many digital cameras! To take your photos to the next level, invest in phone camera…
  • Mother's Day Celebration 2015

    12 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Conrad Centennial Hotel swimming pool with the Singapore Flyer in the backgroundThe recently concluded Mother's Day was nothing short of awesome. The hubby gifted me with a weekend staycation and I had one of the best times of my life as a mom.Mother's Day handmade cards and flower from the hubby and the kidsThe kids made cards for me. I may not be the best mom in the world but my kids think I am and that's what matters most.Hokkaido Cheesecake and white roses taken from our hotel room windowThe hubby bought my favourite Hokkaido Cheesecake with 100% Hokkaido milk from Ichiban Boshi. He also…
  • 5 Reasons Why Travelers Love Seoul, Korea

    7 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Next on our family travel bucket list is South Korea. Seoul to be precise. Last year, we had a hard time deciding whether to fly to South Korea or Thailand for our annual family vacation but we ended up choosing the latter. My girl who is an avid fan of K-pop stars was utterly disappointed so we had to coax her and promised that we'd take her to Seoul either this year or next year. She badly wants to go to Seoul for the following reasons and it is probably the same reason why travelers love the fascinating city:1) Visit familiar places featured in K dramas like the Namsan TowersourceWho…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • When People in Youth Sports Rub You the Wrong Way…And They WILL!

    22 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    In youth sports, there will be people who rub you the wrong way. Here’s a little tip that might make it those moments easier….   Are you Tired of Frazzled? You can avoid being THAT parent. You know, the raving lunatic who steals the show on game day. Let’s face it. The world of youth sports is...Read More
  • What makes the parent of a champion, the parent of a champion?

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    How do you raise a champion? Last year I watched a show about Olympic parents. I wondered, would they all be hard-driving parents?  Were they super competitive? What did they do to help their child achieve championship status? Their answers were not really what I’d expected, but they most definitely made me smile. These are...Read More
  • Sports Parenting Podcast: Why Private Coaching?

    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. Have you ever paid for a private coach for your child? I know this is a controversial issue for some parents, but for many kids, it has been a career-shaping and character-building opportunity. My guest on this podcast is an example of what private coaching...Read More
  • When a Tough Sports Season Hits Your Child, What Can You Do?

    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Is your child in a tough season? You can’t make it go away, but you can help him get through it. Take a few minutes to watch…
  • Raise Your Child to be a Caring Competitor

    11 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last month, I introduced the 52 Virtues Project. Today we focus on Virtue #2. Virtue #2: Caring Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully.  With...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Rock Your Grill This Summer With Zaycon Fresh

    Darcy Zalewski
    5 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This post is sponsored by Zaycon Fresh, who we are super excited to work with again and look forward to receiving complimentary products. Our affiliate link is also included. It’s grilling season! Over the past couple years we’ve ordered boneless, skinless chicken breasts through Zaycon Fresh at least once a year. I know 40 pounds of chicken sounds like a lot, but we LOVE it. They offer so much more than chicken though. They also have fresh ground beef, pork ribs, and frozen ground beef patties. All perfect throw-em-on-the-grill foods, am I right? Or, if you like to prepare…
  • Crayons Assemble for These Avengers Coloring Pages! #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

    Darcy Zalewski
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you excited to see Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON? We’re hoping to get a date night soon so we can see it in the theaters. I’ll probably print out these free Avengers coloring pages for the kids to have when we drop them off at grandma’s house. Of course, my daughter wants to know why she can’t go see this movie. She’s been showing a greater interest in superheros lately, but doesn’t quite understand that some movies are not meant for preschoolers. My son is just excited that he has Captain America shoes. He doesn’t realize there is a…
  • Dear Mom, I’m Sorry #PutYourHeartToPaper

    Darcy Zalewski
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a sponsored conversation challenging me to think beyond a simple “I love you” for Mother’s Day. So, I sat down to think about my relationship with my mom and want to share my thoughts with you. Can you feel the love? I never realized how this picture captured my past, yet showed my future. Dear Mom, First of all, I want to apologize. Only now do I realize what a challenge raising me must have been. If I had been your first, I’m not sure if you would have wanted any more children. (I kid, of course you would have wanted several more of me!) Our relationship has seen its fair…
  • “Vision of Tomorrow” Featurette #Tomorrowland

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Story Synopsis From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and…
  • Maple Salmon Filets Recipe {Soy Free, Gluten Free}

    Darcy Zalewski
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    My friend AH has provided another delicious recipe she created with her order from Door to Door Organics to share with all of you! While I didn’t get a chance to taste it, I did think it smelled amazing. Maple Salmon Filets with Quinoa Recipe Ingredients: 4-5 salmon filets 1/4-1/2 cup pure maple syrup 2 Tbs coconut amino acids (soy sauce replacer) 1 head fresh minced garlic 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt Dash of fresh ground black pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl mix maple syrup, coconut aminos, garlic, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a covered baking…
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    One Little Mister

  • It’s the Little Things

    Michelle Davis
    1 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Raising kids can be a joyfully delightful experience, but trying to get your little one to do the things you need them to do can be difficult. I have a testimony to this with Jaxon. If he finds an... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Gifts To Make Any Mom Smile

    Christi Kopp
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
      Once again Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  For many, this means struggling to find the perfect gift for that very special woman in our lives.  Whether you are shopping for your own... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Dreft The Right Care for Every Phase

    Christi Kopp
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
      Everyone tells us about the great parts of babies. How soft and sweet they are and how lovely they smell is always discussed. What often is overlooked is how bad they can smell, how much... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • JLo Brings New Flirty and Fun Fragrance

    Christi Kopp
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Every woman wants a scent that makes her feel amazing.  She wants it to be something young but not childish, yet bold.  She is looking for a fragrance that lets loose her inner wildcat but still... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Protecting Our Kids at Home or Afar

    Christi Kopp
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    As parents one of our top priorities is the safety and security of our kids.  From the moment we first find out we are expecting until we take our last breaths on Earth, our kids remain a major focus... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • The Photo Gallery 231: Landscape

    20 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    This post is for Wk 231 of Tara's Photo Gallery over at Sticky Fingers (click here to see the other entries).  The prompt this week is 'Landscape'.At the beginning of last year, we were lucky enough to visit New Zealand; what a magnificent place. I've been fortunate in my life and have travelled through all sorts of interesting landscapes, but I have to say that New Zealand currently holds top billing for me - and here are a couple of examples why...Lake Gunn, Fiordland National Park, South IslandMitre Peak at Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South IslandThe view from Te Mata…
  • The Photo Gallery 230: Animals

    13 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    This post is for Week 230 of The Photo Gallery over at Sticky Fingers blog (click here to see the other photos participating).  This week's theme is Animals...You might have noticed that we're leaving Russia - for the foreseeable future - in the next few months.  Moscow is, of course, putting on a spectacular show for us now that we've decided to up sticks; the weather is warm, the trees are all in blossom, and we are surrounded in our suburban neighbourhood by the type of greenness that you normally only find when you stick a filter on your camera.  The city is not making it…
  • I can't bear to part with...

    12 May 2015 | 4:49 am
    In preparation for our impending move back to the UK, I am slowly forcing myself to go through all the cupboards so that we only take with us what we actually want and need when we arrive. This follows what I can only describe as our rather chaotic exit from the UK over 5 years earlier, when I wrote this post following the foolishness of having left Husband in charge of the packers whilst I ferried the Boys from one set of grandparents to another whilst we moved out of our London flat.  My favourite excerpt from that post is this:2.  Packing enough bed linen for 4 double beds and 2…
  • The Photo Gallery 229: One Day in May

    6 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    This post is for Week 229 of Tara Cain's Photo Gallery over at the Sticky Fingers blog.  Today's title is 'One Day in May'.If you have any association with Russia you will know that May is all about Victory Day.  This year, since it's the 70 year anniversary of the end of World War II (or, as it's known here, The Great Patriotic War), the authorities are pulling out all the stops.  The main roads into town are flanked by flags, all municipal vehicles are sporting them, and right-thinking patriotic citizens have their cars and/or collars adorned by black and orange ribbons.(More…
  • Proof that these apples haven't fallen far from the tree

    5 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Long-term readers of The Potty Diaries may have noticed that from time to time a post from my sis pops up in here.  (She's very funny - more than I am - in case you've missed those).  Well, also from time to time, my father sends me a missive - and the one below was too good to languish unused in my inbox.Entirely co-incidentally, just as I am working my way through our cupboards here to prepare for our move back to the UK, my parents are having a proper clear-out of their kitchen cupboards.  This is my father's commentary on what they found lurking within...Hi Clare,My, you…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 5 Simple Tips for Embracing A Slow Summer Mindset with Kids

    18 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    I’m going to be very honest. Our summer is scheduled. Intentionally full. We have structured this summer to be full of bliss and fun. But, we’re not going to be too busy. I don’t do busyness. Of course, hopefully you know that by now since I wrote a book called Savoring Slow. However, we are a family that thrives on structure, routine and traditions. We are a family that embraces a full day of good things. We are a family that schedules downtime into our scheduled days. And we are a family that will work in as many moments as we can to live the Savoring Slow life but…
  • How to Support Yourself During A New Motherhood Season

    11 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I was wrapped up in layers of blankets. Not quite awake. Not quite asleep. Rested. It was the first time in years I slept past 7 a.m. The door of my bedroom creaked open, slowly. I open an eye only to see an eye peeking in through the crack. When our eyes meet, she tots in like she did when she was 3. But she’s not three anymore. She’s 9. She wraps me in a layer of Mother’s Day hugs. Hands me a bag with gifts inside. Heads off downstairs, whispering there’s more yet to come … whispering for her twin sister, who peeked around the corner, too. The Seasons of…
  • Mastering The Art of Slow Mothering

    4 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    It happened, again. I encouraged the mamas in the current Abundant Mama class to do something that many of them really, really, really do not like to do. To Be still. Stillness, as I’ve learned over the last few years, is the dirtiest word in motherhood. When we are still we think we are lazy. Or unmotivated. Or missing out. Oh the missing out! And yet stillness creates opportunity. And bliss. And joy. I find that when I achieve a bit of stillness in my day I am more productive. I actually do more meaningful tasks, not more busy work. The difference is remarkable. The secret is not…
  • Embracing the Trade-offs and Challenges of Motherhood with Ease

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    You always have a choice. Right now, I’m in our family room sitting next to one of my girls who has been sick with a fever for five days my time — four days medical time. We’ve had to swap out everything to cope. Today, I’m putting in couch time to stay close to her. Everything is a trade off. Sometimes the important is put aside or put away for a long time in order to do even more important stuff. It’s all important. Every moment. Every detail. Every fever. Every cough. Every need. The best we can do is finally accept that we really cannot ever do it all —…
  • What Stops You From Living Abundantly?

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    “When I’m feeling down, I make myself a big bowl of Up Soup. The bowl only looks empty, but in reality it’s full of hope. Grab a spoon, there’s plenty for both of us.”  ― Jarod Kintz, Last week, I asked a question to the women in my online program a simple question. What is your abundance sticking point? The question is meant to open the door to a conversation about what prevents us from feeling like we have enough, are enough and do enough. It’s meant to help you create your own definition of abundance so that you can embrace living abundantly more easily. But ultimately…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Little Green – Safe, Gentle, and Pure

    Allison Cooper
    22 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Once we become parents, the journey to find the right beauty products for our babies and kids to use becomes just that – a journey. When walking into a Target, for instance, we have so many products thrown in our faces, yet very few live up to their promises. Little Green is different. In fact, they have set out to make a difference in this shopping experience for parents by creating a product that is safe and pure, truly free of parabens, sulfates and allergens, hypoallergenic, and clinically and dermatologist tested. Yes parents, there is finally a company that is creating less work…
  • Motherhood vs. Beauty Product Labels – What I Wish I Knew Back Then

    Allison Cooper
    21 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Mom Confession: Whenever Branden was born, I didn’t buy all organic, or mostly organic, like I do now. In fact, I really didn’t know much about it. I didn’t have the resources or knowledge that I do now. Six, almost seven years ago  whenever we were bringing home baby Branden from the hospital, we were living right outside Chris’ military base in Virginia.  We shopped at the commissary, and I have a very vague memory of there being a very teeny, tiny organic section in the grocery store. I never went there. Nor did I know what I know now about beauty product labels.
  • The Things That I Will Never Be

    Allison Cooper
    20 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Whenever I was pregnant, I dreamed through my entire pregnancy of all the things that I would be once that little baby growing inside of me was placed in my waiting arms. I of course feared giving birth, having never experienced that before, but mostly that fear was replaced with joy whenever I reflected on my life to come. Now, here I am 6 years later, and I’m noticing a cycle within myself – the recurring times when I focus more on the things that I will never be. Gone are the days of hopes and dreams in motherhood, but very real are the moments of comparison and wishing. I will…
  • Bringing the Family Together With Foster Grant Sunglasses {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    18 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    The other night, I found a bug crawling on my blanket. I know, super gross and you are all probably reading this thinking that I must be the worst cleaner ever, and on some days I feel you might be right. I’m honestly not that horrible, but cleaning was on my lengthy to-do list for the upcoming weekend, and I was dreading it. After feeling itchy all night, I promptly woke up last Friday morning and purchased a $49 Groupon for our first cleaning lady ever. I went through my whole Friday feeling refreshed and excited, because I knew that spending that extra $49 meant that I would have…
  • Swimwear NYC – What Trends Are Hot in the City

    Allison Cooper
    15 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Are you one of those crazy people who actually thought summer started on June 21st? Good thing I’m here to set the record straight! Summer officially starts in New York City that first night you need to crank up your window air conditioning unit onto full blast and pray for rain to cool things down. For us, that was Monday May 11. While I’m hoping that we don’t need it again until June [waves hands in the air in hopes of low electric bill the summer] it does mean that summer is upon us and its time to shop for swimwear NYC! First, lets talk the trends… We have never…
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    The Mommist

  • McDonald's Is Encouraging Kids to Read

    Len Dela Cruz
    22 May 2015 | 11:33 pm
    This is, by far, the best McDonald's Happy Meal inclusion for me! The first-ever Happy Meal Books is The Magic School Bus series created by the famous children's book author Joanna Cole {pen name B.J. Barnet}, with illustrations by Bruce Degen. There are six books to collect from the series: On the Ocean Floor, Inside the Earth, The Time of the Dinosaurs, Plants Seeds, Makes a Rainbow, and my favorite, Lost in the Solar System. The benefits of reading have been emphasized so many times. The outcome has even been backed up by science! The obvious benefit is gaining new knowledge, of…
  • Discovery Primea's Gilarmi Lounge

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 May 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Discovery Primea's Gilarmi Lounge is a versatile place that offers a bevy of drinks {from serious cocktails to Turkish coffee} thanks to Lee Watson and delicious small bites care of Chef Luis Chikiamco. Oh, and they have a really talented pianist, too! I've lost count of the songs that we requested him to play. It's great to know that Discovery Primea is paying homage to the iconic building that once stood on the spot where the present one is situated by naming the lounge Gilarmi. Built in 60s, Gilarmi Apartments was the first apartment in the country. The owner, Virgilio…
  • Dragontree Apothecary's Tinctures and Soap

    Len Dela Cruz
    18 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It took a while for me to do this post because I really wanted to observe the effects of Dragontree's tinctures. For the Sleep Support and Headache Relief tinctures, the outcome is immediate; but for the Weight Loss and Immune Support, well, the effects of those two will take much longer to become noticeable. Dragontree Apothecary is a Portland-based company known to manufacture all-natural products that targets common conditions we experience such as stress, headache, allergies, muscle soreness, weight issues, and skin problems. I've tried a couple of their products, and here's my…
  • Style Board: Palm and Stripes

    Len Dela Cruz
    5 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Panama Hat    Ring    Gladiator Sandals    Blue Shirt    Palm Shorts  Striped Bikini Top    Wrap NecklaceI think palm print is kingdom plantae's answer to the leopard print in terms of versatility. I like it with blue, white, black or both, tan, gold, pastels, and even vibrant hues! A Martinique version would serve as a great alternative, too! I'll forever be obsessed with that print!Onward and Upward!
  • The Italian Market by Murray's New Orleans

    Len Dela Cruz
    5 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    The Italian Market by Murray's New Orleans is a merger of American and Italian cuisines that's been slightly adjusted to the Filipino palate. Chef Dave Caci's main goal is to create dishes that are a break from the usual. Not too much though according to him. A little modification here and there resulted in charming creations that left a good impression.If you look up once you enter the dining area, you'll see a wall of knives. It's pretty eerie and interesting at the same time. According to The Italian Market's Chef Peter Ayson, each knife represents a chef that got sacked. The masonry…
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  • Free Dining Plan Upgrade with Walt Disney World Resort Vacations

    Bob Aycock |
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    It was announced today that Free Dining is back with select Walt Disney World Resort vacations! Read about this offer below and visit for more details. One Delicious Offer – It’s Free! Get a Free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select […]
  • Life Is Fun With Kids

    Bob Aycock |
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    My wife and I have finally decided to start a family blog to share the chaos, er, fun of our life with four kids. Because, when you have four kids, you need one more thing on your plate. :-) I am building the site this month, so please check out our social media channels in the meantime: […]
  • Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Park Construction

    Bob Aycock |
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    The Disney Parks Blog just released this amazing time-lapse video of Disneyland Park construction. This is the stuff I love! As we prepare to celebrate 60 years of memories and magic during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’ve been looking back at key moments in our history – times when Disneyland pushed the limits of […]
  • U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

    Bob Aycock |
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    From Walt Disney World News: In a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The flyover featured the Blue Angels’ six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two […]
  • Moms Panel Monday: Moms’ Views on your first visit to Magic Kingdom Park

    Bob Aycock |
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    One of my favorite ways to helps Guests on the Disney Parks Moms Panel is by answering the Moms’ Views Questions. Moms’ Views Questions allow Disney Parks Moms Panelists to collectively answer a question from a Guest. It’s fun to read tips and opinions from my fellow Panelists as I answer, and it allows us to […]
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  • My Husband Won't Let Me (or All The Cool Crap Happens to Me at Target)

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    By now you must be sick of me talking about the stuff that happens to me at my local Target. Yes, the one where that girl was stolen and killed. Gives me the creeps every time I go there. I watch my back there for sure even though the likelihood of anyone stealing 43-year-old ME is basically zero. Anyway, someone is always somewhere in that store ready to give me a rash of crap about having a lot of kids or something and I pretty much expect it now. But tonight was a tad different, and I'm starting to have fun with it. (perks of being older)So tonight I only had one single kid with me. The…
  • #Blurb Books for Gifts, Memoirs, Pets, Friends, Anything!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    9 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb is such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business concept or life experience. Whatever the inclination, Blurb makes it easy and affordable to realize…
  • #LEGO Store Monthly Mini Builds and the New July 2015 Pre-register System

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    6 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    I wrote this FOREVER ago, it seems like, about the LEGO Store monthly mini build! Things have definitely changed. I used to have to wait in line for a long time with a couple of littles ones but now they are older and easier!For the last 6 months or so you don't have to build the LEGO set in the store after you get it. This cuts down on a lot of waiting time in line. Once 5 p.m. hits the line starts moving and you give the guy your card and you can choose to stay and build there or grab and go. You know we do the grab and go every month because we have other things to do besides wait in line…
  • I Am Having an Online Affair with #Joybird Mid-Century Modern Custom Furniture

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    1 May 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Don't judge me. I have a thing for retro. Always have.Vanilla Cokes and poodle skirts when I was a teen? Check.Herman Miller couch with built-in end tables and blue and green fabric kinda like this as my post-divorce gift to myself when I was 22? Check.Lime green end table lamps, also as the post-divorce gift to moi? Check.Mini silver Christmas tree? Yep, a gift from my stepdad.And do you even have to ask if I watch Madmen? Uh, I wish I could jump into it and LIVE it. Obsession for sure.Part of why I had to go to Johnson Space Center in Houston recently is because the whole space thing was…
  • Banana Bread Recipe Made With Applesauce and Zazzed Up!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    1 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Let's ring in May with a recipe I'm making this morning. I hope to make a few batches so my husband, the kids and his brother and his kids can take some on their fishing trip this weekend. I'll make a regular batch, one with chocolate chips and maybe try one with Chia seeds. This is a terrific recipe to bake with the kids!Banana Bread½ cup applesauce (consider using strawberry or peach applesauce!)1 cup sugar2 eggs1 t. vanilla1 t. baking soda¼ t. salt1/2 cups flour (½ wheat, ½ white)Optional: ¼ cup wheat germ or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips3 ripe bananasMix applesauce and sugar, add eggs…
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  • My Little Champ – Scrapbooking Sophie’s First Race

    20 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Sophie took part in the Cold Storage Kids Run last Sunday at Gardens by the Bay. And like all proud mamas... Continue reading » The post My Little Champ – Scrapbooking Sophie’s First Race appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Learning never stops with PA’s Senior Academy

    18 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    As the saying goes 活到老,学到老. Which translates to, one lives to old age and continues to learn to old age.... Continue reading » The post Learning never stops with PA’s Senior Academy appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Getting ready for our first Cold Storage Kids Run

    14 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Sophie may be a sporty little gal but this will be her or rather our first time taking part in... Continue reading » The post Getting ready for our first Cold Storage Kids Run appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • White Flower Factory – Siam Square One, Bangkok

    11 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Two weekends ago, I took off to Bangkok on a girly trip with my colleagues. When you travel to Bangkok... Continue reading » The post White Flower Factory – Siam Square One, Bangkok appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Dear Mummy – A Mother’s Day tribute

    8 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Last night before I slept I thanked Sophie. I thanked her for gracing me the title as the World’s Greatest Mum even... Continue reading » The post Dear Mummy – A Mother’s Day tribute appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Week 21 of 2015

    Erica Price
    23 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    Saturday saw us at a tennis event at our local club.  H goes there every Friday anyway, but this time I went down to play too.  It was part of the Great British Tennis Weekend.  We had a lot of fun, but my body knew about it even straight afterwards.  It’s been a while since I’ve done much aerobic exercise due to hurting my ankle in December.  Thankfully, the ankle held up, so I think the message is to ease myself back in gently.We did some more work on increasing H’s confidence on a bike.  He’s been reluctant to cycle on anything, but a pretty smooth, even…
  • Anyone For Tennis

    Erica Price
    22 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    We are very lucky that a few years ago a tennis club opened up close to us, using some tennis courts that belong to a local school.  There are a lot of clubs in the city , in fact Birmingham, where we live, was the birthplace of lawn tennis.  Birmingham’s leafy Edgbaston suburb boasts the world’s oldest surviving tennis club, known locally as the Archery, and also the Priory which hosts professional tournaments.  H initially had the coaches come into his school to teach and then he started going to tennis club soon after.  At the moment H just does tennis and swimming for…
  • Saturday is Caption Day: Cats

    Erica Price
    21 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Anyone who regularly follows the blog or my Instagram feed will have seen many a picture of our cats sleeping together.  They sleep an awful lot it seems, but cats do and they are getting a bit old these days.  This last week or so though they have spent a lot of time outside and have been a lot more active.  There has been some kittenish behaviour going on charging up and down the garden path, up and down the stairs and into wet paint leaving paw prints behind on the gloss work.  One evening I was out in the garden with the cats and I snapped this shot.  I thought you might like to…
  • Father’s Day Competition

    Erica Price
    20 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    Father’s Day is always a tough one to buy a present for I think. Have you thought about buying your dad some tea?  Tea is the number two drink in the UK and it’s second only to water.  British Tea Lovers have come up with a special edition gift for Father’s Day. I’d not come across British Tea Lovers before, but they specialise in premium quality leaf tea made with carefully selected young tea leaves from the world’s best tea gardens.  This makes their tea delicate, light and refreshingly crisp.Nine to Three Thirty have teamed up with British Tea Lovers to…
  • Do You Have The W Factor?

    Erica Price
    20 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    We’ve been to Warwick Castle before when they have had the Horrible Histories crew there.  It’s a great match: the medieval castle is the perfect backdrop for some Horrible Histories fun.  This half term the Horrible Histories returns and you can be part of it.Tthis year marks the first ever stage show, ‘Wicked Warwick’, to be specially scripted for Warwick Castle and brought to life in partnership with The Birmingham Stage Company. To celebrate this  the Warwick Castle team are inviting members of the public to join in with the chance to win a one-time cameo in ‘Wicked…
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  • Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt #Giveaway

    21 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Peppa Pig is coming!! And I can hear many screaming YEAH!!! (and the kids shouting along too!) It’s truly a huge Oink Alert…. cos it’s direct from London’s West End, with the perfect accent! For a very limited 3 days, (Sat 30 May to Mon 1 Jun), we can join Peppa Pig on a treasure hunt and have a super fun filled adventure day. There’s catchy sing along songs, plenty dance and action and most importantly, all the favourite characters like George, Danny Dog, Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra in this new theatre production PEPPA PIG LIVE! TREASURE HUNT! Don’t…
  • Jan & Elly Pop-Up class and Parenting Workshop #giveaway

    20 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    The June holidays are round the corner! And our favourite English Language School is hosting their annual June Pop-up picnic again! This time, it is back in the lush green Labrador Park! I still remember how the first ever Pop-up picnic was like! The kids had tremendous fun while the adults had a most engaging session on Parenting. This June, the Pop-up class is purely for pre-schoolers from 4-6 years old–a Mini-Me series. And the focus is on Phonics! The children will have a trial class and experience the much loved Jan & Elly lessons. And with that, a free assessment to find out…
  • Dermagold Miracle C+ and Skin Elixir Review #Giveaway

    12 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    When I was in my teens, I had many friends around me who worried about acne and oily skin. I was blessed with a very clear complexion and thus, I never saw the importance of a skin care regime. In fact, for a long time, skin care just meant ensuring no food stains or dirt marks on the face. I didn’t use any cleanser, scrub, mask, toner, moisturiser, serum, cream etc on my face. Now that I’m 40 this year, I decided I better at least use something other than water to clean my face. As much as I have a clear complexion, my mummy says it’s just not bright, not fresh and totally dull…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Four Photo Friday

    22 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    If you write or read blogs you’re probably familiar with Wordless Wednesday—a post comprised of a title and a photo intended to evoke a feeling or a mood.I have a hard time with wordless. Shocking, I know. I enjoy looking at posts with more photos than words some days. Especially at the end of the week when my attention span is a done bun. So how about a weekly post called Four Photo Friday? Four photos and a word or two to sum up the little (or big) moments that made up the week. Here's my first Four Photo Friday post... Posted something for Four Photo Friday? I'd love to see…
  • Is It Time For A Puntervention?

    18 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    SourceI appreciate a good pun, but not everyone feels the same. Some shun the pun and quietly seethe in the punner's general direction.Sure this type of word play may not be the most sophisticated form of literature, but if one finds joy in a simple turn of phrase, what's the harm?I once had a three week twitter convo flinging shoe puns back and forth with a fellow punster. A few people piped up to tell us to hold our tongues, but alas we chose not to tread lightly and instead ran ahead and even amped it up a bit to boot.  If puns make you want to pun-ch a wall, then move along.But if a…
  • Decisions—Growing Pains Update

    15 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    When I wrote about recent Growing Pains with our daughter so many of you jumped in to offer support, compassion and some kick ass advice. We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes that same village to support a family who's spinning in circles, not knowing what to do. Thank you village. Sincerely. We've stopped spinning. For now at least.We met with a wonderful pediatric endocrinologist yesterday at Sick Kids. I can't say often enough how lucky we are to live just a short drive away from this world class children's hospital.With the support of a wonderful doctor and her…
  • Growing Pains

    13 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    When I say our daughter is our little girl, I mean to say that she’s our little girl and she’s a little girl. She’s been following her own curve on the growth chart since she was born—way down at the bottom, around the 3rd percentile. Sometimes lower. Her adult height has been predicted to be around the 5ft mark give or take. Our main concern when she was younger was always her weight. A bony baby who refuses to nurse or eat even the tiniest meal is not for the faint of heart. We worked extremely hard to put weight on her (it's still a struggle most days), only narrowly avoiding…
  • What Is “Veganish”?

    10 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Please allow me to explain my family's dietary lifestyle choice, but first just let me make myself a ham and cheese sandwich. Kidding. I haven’t eaten a pig (on purpose) since 1990. I may have scarfed down some bacon in a hungover daze or ingested the occasional undetected bacon bit in a Caesar salad over the years, but for the most part, there isnever intentional pork on my fork.  I wasn't really a meat lover growing up, but I tucked in because I needed the meat derived protein. Hello, Canada Food Guide conspiracy. More on that in an upcoming post. My family ate mostly chicken, fish,…
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  • Shaking hands and fist bumps

    Nicole orriëns
    22 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    'Offer a firm handshake and make sure you make eye-contact!'That's what I always tell my kids. Because a good handshake can tell a lot about a person. And you want to make sure it says the right thing!Did you know that on average you'll shake someone's hand about 15.000 times in your whole life? And while you're shaking hands, a hormone is released giving you a sense about the person you're shaking hands with. Like whether he or she is trustworthy.How to shake hands the right way!Use your right hand.Hold your hand in a vertical position.  Take the gloves off, if you're wearing any.Make…
  • From outdoors to indoors + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    19 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    OutdoorsIndoors An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Internet, how much do I love thee. Let me count the ways

    Nicole orriëns
    16 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    One of the 'perks' of living in the country is that I have no easy access to shops. That should help my bank account stay healthy! But there's a loophole, and it's called the internet.While looking at the beautiful countryside from why window, I type: '' and voila, lots of book just waiting for me to buy them. And when I've had my fill of books, I head on over to to look for skirts.Sometimes it makes me wonder:'Could I live in the country, if there was no internet?' When I grew up in the country, the internet didn't even exist, and it was fine. But now that I've tasted…
  • A good deed

    Nicole orriëns
    7 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    'Try to do something nice for someone else every day!' I always tell my children.Sometimes you have to wait until an opportunity to do something good presents itself. And this weekend a lovely chance fell right into my lap.Childhood memoriesSomeone had read one of my posts about children's bibles. She'd recognized one of them as the bible her parents used to read to her. Unfortunately it had gotten lost during a move. So she asked me if I could send her the name of the publisher and any other information which would help her find this bible in a bookstore or on eBay.So I sprinted to my…
  • I think I won something + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    5 May 2015 | 4:29 am
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Taco Tuesday Taco Bowls with Birds Eye Steamfresh

    Colleen Stout
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Taco Tuesday has been around for years. Then the Lego Movie made the catchphrase popular with kids. Now my boys think we have to eat tacos every Tuesday. I like tacos, but the same old ground beef in a tortilla shell can get a little boring.  I changed things up this week, by making taco bowls. They were a big hit, so I guess change is good sometimes. I added in a package of Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Southwest Protein blend, and I really think that’s what put the taco bowls over the top. The blend includes a mix of black beans, corn, peppers and whole grain brown rice along with other…
  • Win an H2OGO! Water Slide and Add Excitement to Your Backyard this Summer

    Colleen Stout
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bestway for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Summer is right around the corner. It doesn’t last long enough here in Michigan, so I’ve been thinking of ways I can make sure my boys get outside every day and really enjoy it. I know having an H2OGO! water slide in the backyard would do the trick. The Speed Ramp™ on the H2OGO! is a tough, inflatable launch pad the takes the “ouch” out of hurtling headfirst down the super-fast 18-foot slide. The Splash Lagoon beneath the Speed Ramp™ soaks riders right away and…
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  • Free Sticky Food Labels for Your Child’s Healthier Diet and a Tidier Kitchen

    Valeria Brown
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Free Sticky Food Labels for Your Child’s Healthier Diet and a Tidier Kitchen One thing that a lot of parents know too well and are unhappy about is that children simply don’t like to eat healthy food. Give them chocolate any time of day and they’ll devour it in a second. They’ll joyfully have it for breakfast, snack, lunch, second snack and dinner. But give them lettuce, beet salad, vegetable soup, or anything rich in vitamins, they’ll Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Do Build-A-Bear Promise Pets give your kids an understanding of having a pet?

    20 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Do Build-A-Bear Promise Pets give your kids an understanding of having a pet? We have written about Build-A-Bear before; and ever since we did this review, we have had to go back a few times, for birthdays, for pocket money purchases, and for a wee nose around the Build-A-Bear that we have near us in Cambridge. We were lucky enough to be offered the chance to review their new range of toys, Promise Pets, which were released Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • #Win a £50 Amazon voucher and a free 6 months subscription to Brightleap to help your kids become brain boxes!

    20 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    #Win a £50 Amazon voucher and a free 6 months subscription to Brightleap to help your kids become brain boxes!   Do you think you could beat a kid in a quiz – or even your kid? If you do, you could win a £50 Amazon voucher, and a 6 months free subscription to a brand new website to help your kids get even smarter; BrightLeap! If you want to have a brain box in the family, then you have come to the right Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Frugal Parenting: How to get free stuff for your kids & babies

    19 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Frugal Parenting: How to get free stuff for your kids & babies The average cost of raising a child in the UK is £230,000 according to the CEBRR – a 63% increase since 2003. The first four years of a child’s life are the MOST expensive, so there’s really no time like the present to learn about how to get freebies for your kids and babies. Give me free stuff! Everyone loves freebies, whether it’s a Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Free game: What’s in the Bag?

    19 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Free game: What’s in the Bag? Hello again! We have another printable of the week for you; every week we are going to be bringing you a new one, perhaps with a little break over the summer because we all have to have time off, right? Don’t forget to check out the other printables on the site as well, but this week we are bringing you one that should help Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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  • A Good Night's Rest with Snugg Organic My Little Big Pillow

    Diana Chastain
    21 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.When did you first introduce a pillow to your little one? My little man is a toddler whether I want to accept it or not. He is still in his crib and no attempts to climb out...yet! So we are going to keep him in there as long as possible. I'm also pretty particular about what I let go in his crib. He's old enough now where SIDS isn't as big of a risk, but that doesn't mean it still isn't a concern of mine. So I went back and forth on a pillow for him. Then Hubby asked, "When do they start sleeping with…
  • Tips to Introduce a Pacifier + NUK® coupon

    Diana Chastain
    20 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.When I was pregnant, I had the idea in my head that we wouldn't use pacifiers. I'm not sure why I didn't like them, it has been so long ago now, but I knew I didn't want my daughter taking one. Well, a many of sleepless nights later, we decided to introduce one.  Tips to Introduce a Pacifier:Let your baby guide your decision. Some babies take to pacifiers right away, like my son. But some resist. It's important that you don't force it. Try again later, or even another kind. This is what I had to do with…
  • Family Is What You Make It #streamteam

    Diana Chastain
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and received complimentary products to share this post. All opinions are my own.Families. We’ve all got one, but these days they’re starting to look less like The Cleavers and gone are the days of the white picket fence. My family was hardly picture perfect growing up. My parents were divorced and I had a hard time getting along with either step-parent. It was just my brother, me, and my half-sister that were there for each other. And then I met my husband's family. They look pretty picture perfect in every way, including taking me in and…
  • Beech-Nut Organic is Real Food For Babies + Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    15 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.When you think about branching out and giving your baby something besides breast milk or formula, you want the best for them. Some moms make their own baby food, I tried for a while. Making your own baby food can be fun, but sometimes it can be time consuming. That's why I love the new Beech-Nut organic line because I can still give my baby the best without the guilt because it isn't baby food,…
  • Introducing Baby to Water with #SwimWays #IC

    Diana Chastain
    14 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.It is starting to get warmer and warmer here in Georgia. Our days will once again include long lake stays and trips to the pool. One of my family's favorite summer activity is to lounge by and play in the pool. I can't wait until it is warm enough to relax poolside everyday. Having a body of water is a MUST to have a great summer party, in my opinion. I remember SweetPea's first time in the pool. I was…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Tomorrowland in Theaters Now! #Tomorrowland

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I hope you were following along when I was at Walt Disney World last month for the Monkey Kingdom Event. While there, I was invited to see a sneak peek of Tomorrowland. I wish I could have seen the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
      The area where I live in Florida has a huge Strawberry Festival every year. For a strawberry lover like me, it’s pure heaven. One of my favorite desserts is simply angel food cake with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Grilled Lamb Chops

    19 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    My family loves lamb chops, and they are so good on the grill. My husband is really talented when it comes to grilling! In fact, last night he made his famous chicken burgers and they were fantastic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    18 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits What makes any meal better? For me, it’s bread! This recipe is a copycat from Red Lobster. They go well with so many recipes! Serve them with breakfast,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Walk Through the Walt Disney Family Museum

    18 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    I was invited to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum as part of an all expense paid press trip with Disney. All opinions are my own. When I was in San Francisco last month for the Inside Out Event, I... [[ 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

  • Why I Hate the End of the School Year

    The Mommy
    5 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    The whining, in my household, begins on the first of March and continues until I quit dragging the children from their beds, at the crack of dawn, at the end of May. And then they continue getting up on their own, even though we could sleep in!And the reason for the whining? A horrific case of The Wants. Turn the Page =>
  • Every Day's a Hostage Situation

    The Mommy
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
         That's how I feel most days. In case you didn't realize it, I'm the hostage and I live by the whims of my children/captors. I can't make plans because even the best laid will be contingent upon the moods of three, temperamental, asshats determined to be dictator of my schedule.Turn the Page =>
  • The Levels Program

    The Mommy
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Myriam stimming. (It's a self soothing behavior, in this case, spinning but can also be any repetitive motion.)     Sometimes, out of nowhere, reality bitch slaps me in the face. Often times it's the little things, the nothing things that make me realize how different my path is from the "normal" mommies. Sometimes, it's bigger; somehow more significant. The past couple of weeks was all of that and more. Turn the Page =>
  • Here We Go Again....

    The Mommy
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
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  • Bad Morning

    The Mommy
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    It seems like Porter can only have one good day at a time. And that's harder than when he's just having bad days, because good days give you hope. So when that bad day comes so quickly and your hopes are crushed, it hardly seems like those good days are worth it.Yeah, it was a bad morning.Turn the Page =>
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    Grown and Flown

  • Mental Health in College: What Parents Need to Know

    Grown and Flown
    20 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Dear Readers, I am just like you—a proud, tired, and often worried parent of two kids teetering on the brink of adulthood. My daughter just graduated from a highly selective liberal arts college. She once told me, “I am majoring in my own sanity.” And over her undergraduate years, she studied through bouts of severe anxiety, producing a thesis that earned her high honors in disability studies and her first professional job. My son, still giddy from his senior prom, is newly enrolled at a large state university that gave him a great scholarship. After months of supporting him through…
  • College is the Best Four Years of Your Life and Other Lies Parents Tell Teens

    Grown and Flown
    19 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    In the endless stream of advice we offer our teens, it is far too easy to fall back on clichés, well-worn turns of phrase or unquestioned ideas that contain only a shred of truth. Sometimes when I am heaping these meaningless, or worse, harmful, words on my kids I stop and think, is this really true or have I just heard it so many times I have come to accept it as truth? Here are a few of the aphorisms I have at one time or another offered up and why, instead, I owed my kids the truth. Eight Lies Parents Tell Teens: 1. College is the best four years of your life. College may be three and a…
  • 10 Commandments of Dorm Shopping

    Grown and Flown
    13 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    Outfitting a dorm room might be just one more shopping trip if it weren’t so imbued with expense, confusion and nostalgia. It is so easy to get so much wrong and wind up having wasted both time and money. We gathered our cadre of experienced moms and offer up these 10 Commandments, okay “guidelines,” to help parents just embarking on the college journey. We would love to hear any dorm shopping tips that have worked for your family. 1. Do Not Pay Full Price Under no circumstances, at any time, should parents pay full price for dorm room items. Sign up now with the national retailers…
  • Parenting Pendulum: Have Parenting Styles Swung Too Far?

    Grown and Flown
    11 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    When my kids were small overparenting was all the rage. Parents competed with stories of out doing themselves to help their children. While our own parents might have made us a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we went one better. We made the (organic) sandwich, cut off the crusts, sliced it into perfect triangles, put it on the special plate with the matching sippy cup and served it in front of favored cartoons. If our kids balked we even ate the sandwich for them. But at some point the pendulum swung in parenting styles and very quickly I went from feeling bad about what I was not doing for…
  • The “Mommy Track:” Interview on C-SPAN Washington Journal

    Grown and Flown
    10 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    The Mommy Track was a term that first appeared in The Harvard Business Review in 1989 and was largely criticized as a way women were shortchanged in the workforce. But in the twenty-five years since the debate began, women continue to leave their careers in droves as the pressures of parenting often give them little choice but to seek less-demanding work arrangements. Lisa Heffernan, author & blogger @GrownandFlown, joins us from NYC to talk working mothers & “The Mommy Track” — Washington Journal (@cspanwj) May 10, 2015 At Vox, Lisa writes…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Black Bean Salsa

    Jennifer Roskamp
    23 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    By Jennifer Roskamp Black Bean Salsa This recipe originally came from my gourmet cooking sister. In fact, we are having her enchiladas tonight because we love to put the salsa overtop. The enchiladas are fine without it, too, but it is so tasty as a topping. I have modified the recipe to feed my large bunch, and the leftovers only get […] The post Black Bean Salsa appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Are You the Perfect Mommy or More Mommy Dearest

    Ten to Twenty
    22 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    By Ten to Twenty With the joyful carefree bike riding days of Spring finally here it’s time for me to come clean. Today I’m sharing a deep and dark McKenzie family secret. I am not perfect mommy. Ouch. Yes my two children have witnessed more than their fair share of their dear mother teetering dangerously close to Joan Crawford land. That of the wickedly evil mommy dearest. […] The post Are You the Perfect Mommy or More Mommy Dearest appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Teen Addiction: Thoughts From a Mom Who’s Been There

    Kimberly Muench
    21 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    By Kimberly Muench I recently attended a documentary on teen drug and alcohol abuse created by a local education group in the Dallas, Texas area. The documentary, entitled Not Me, chronicles the lives of four young adults and four parents who have personally experienced the devastating effects of addiction. Unfortunately this story is not at all uncommon these […] The post Teen Addiction: Thoughts From a Mom Who’s Been There appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Which Commercial is the Best on YouTube?

    Ten to Twenty
    20 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    By Ten to Twenty Happy 10th Anniversary to YouTube! Did you know that YouTube turned TEN this year?! Your kids probably watch it a lot more than you do, but you have to confess.. you can’t get thru the day without seeing something thru YouTube – can you even imagine a day without it now? Where would you go to […] The post Which Commercial is the Best on YouTube? appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 30 Great Conversation Starters to Have With Your Kids

    Jennifer Roskamp
    20 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    By Jennifer Roskamp I find kids love hearing stories from when I was a kid, even the most reluctant talker ends up engaging in conversations like these.  Choose one, choose them all, but these are a great way to get the conversations going! 1.  When I was a kid my best friend was ____________.  What made them my […] The post 30 Great Conversation Starters to Have With Your Kids appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Being Mrs. Grant – the True KoolAid Mom

    Kristen Daukas
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Kristen Daukas When I was working on my 400th post on this little slice of my world, I thought that I would extend an OPEN invite to my friends and readers. The invite was to give me ANY topic and I would write about it in my next 4 blogs. I was expecting some outlandish requests but honestly, they were pretty tame. I really expected more out of you people, but I’m not disappointed ;). The first post goes out to from Doris Grant – or Mrs. Grant as she’s known to me. Yes, I’m 43 years old and I still can’t bring myself to call her Doris. Mrs. Grant’s…
  • The Beauty of Blended Families

    Kristen Daukas
    17 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    By Kristen Daukas I was driving Mackenzie to work one day and we were talking about the big grand opening festivities that Mast was having over the weekend. I mentioned to her that one of the bands that was going to be playing there had a cousin of ours in it. Bear in mind he’s a distant cousin, but a cousin none-the-less. I started to explain to her that ‘his mother and Gamps’ mother were sisters’ when she just shook her head and said “our family has a lot of cousins and is very confusing”. Welcome to blended families.  Ever since the first couple had the…
  • What Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

    Kristen Daukas
    8 May 2015 | 3:24 am
    By Kristen Daukas What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day.. Mother’s Day is THIS WEEKEND which is the not-so-subtle hint that if you haven’t gotten Mom something, you better get on it. Or else. This woman is either the person who birthed you (or your spouse) or who birthed your children. Honestly, that’s reason enough. I could stop right there and be done with this post. But of course, I won’t. So, you’re not sure what to get Mom? Here are a few suggestions to help: This is the woman who puts up with endless amounts of crap from everyone – it’s either…
  • The Good News/Bad News Post About Orange is the New Black

    Kristen Daukas
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    By Kristen Daukas Are you as big a fan of the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black as I am? If so, I’ve got great news, good news and I’ve got bad news.  The good news is that Season 3 premiers June 12th The bad news is that’s over a month away The GREAT news is they’ve already signed on for a season 4!!! So let’s contemplate some questions before the Ladies of Litchfield head back to prison… Alex and Piper: When last we left, Alex had royally screwed Piper over and was living the “free” life. Or was she?! Will Piper forgive Alex and more…
  • Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down – Being Ready for an Emergency

    Kristen Daukas
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Kristen Daukas Do you know when the best time is to plan for an emergency or a crisis? When you’re not in the middle of one, that’s when.  Would you know what to do if a major crisis hit your home or your town? And by major I mean “Holy Mother Mary of God – batten down the hatches” major – not “they’re calling for an inch of snow”. Would you be ready if the police knocked on your door and said “you have 5 minutes to gather your things and evacuate“? And by ready, I mean your emergency plan and supplies are already in…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 5.23.15

    22 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current giveaways. ~ Leave a link that leads directly to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the deadline for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to leave your email... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • CONSCIOUS BOX Giveaway from Whole Mom | Ends 8.19.15

    22 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Conscious Box is a monthly subscription service that sends snacks to household products to beauty essentials and more! Every box makes it easy to experience the purest, safest, most natural products on the planet. Win a 12-Month Subscription to Conscious Box. Winner will get new, healthy, GMO-free... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • 10 Tips on Talking to Your Teen About Underage Drinking + $25 Gift Card Giveaway | Ends 5.26.15 #ABFamilyTalk

    22 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    “I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” Having a teen is scary, especially when they turn 16! It isn’t enough now a days to have just one... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • SWASH 10 Minute Clothing Care System at Best Buy #SwashatBestBuy

    21 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    The SWASH System is the only in-home 10-minute clothing care system designed to fit your life. The SWASH System will Dewrinkle, Refresh, Restore and Preserve your clothes so you can say goodbye to excessive washing, drying, steaming, ironing, and dry-cleaning! This sounds awesome, doesn’t it?... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Cauldron Quest a Cooperative Board Game from Peaceable Kingdom {Review + Giveaway} Ends 6.1.15

    19 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Peaceable Kingdom’s new game Cauldron Quest Cooperative Board Game for ages 6+. What’s unique about this game is that you work together to win not against each other for one winner.  My two kids ages 6 & 7 are becoming very competitive with each other lately; Cauldron Quest made... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • 8 Ways Your Couch Provides for Your Kids Better Than You

    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    How many of you remember your childhood couch? Was it homely, but with a great personality? Was it beautiful yet uptight, or maybe an appalling hue, but oh so comfy? Was it referred to as a couch or a davenport? Regardless, it was like another member of the family, wasn’t it? And somehow it became […] The post 8 Ways Your Couch Provides for Your Kids Better Than You appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Blueberry & Spinach Smoothie

    15 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    I’m excited to be back again on Less Than Perfect Parents sharing my tips for sneaking in some extra veg into your children’s diet. Last month I posted a recipe about hiding cauliflower in mashed potato but today it’s all about how you can add an extra portion of greens to a simple smoothie. Smoothies on […] The post Blueberry & Spinach Smoothie appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Suddenly Salad Is The Perfect Addition To Any Barbeque PLUS Giveaway

    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      Tonight my family and I had our first barbeque out on our back deck.  It was the perfect night for it but I was so tired so I wanted to pull something together that my family would love but would be fairly easy on me.  I went with beef and chicken kabobs and a […] The post Suddenly Salad Is The Perfect Addition To Any Barbeque PLUS Giveaway appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Surprise First Beach Day Of The Year!

    13 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Thanks to Goddess Garden for sponsoring this post My sister and I decided to surprise our kids with an impromptu trip to the beach for the first time this year.  What’s even more exciting is that it’s my baby niece’s first time at the beach ever!  I felt so lucky to be there to experience it […] The post Surprise First Beach Day Of The Year! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Green Cleaning Tips

    11 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many families that have made the decision to go green, are often unsure how to go green when it comes to cleaning and cleaning supplies.  Green cleaning may seem impossible, however, there are a variety of ways to clean your home without the use of harsh chemicals.  In fact, the natural, green solutions listed below […] The post Green Cleaning Tips appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • I swear he’s more awake than he lets on, and he swears he isn’t

    20 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    This is a short rant about sleep (or lack of). Last night I was up no less than six times with Little B in the space of seven hours. That’s basically once an hour. Of course no sooner was I finally able to sink into a deep sleep as dawn broke than I was jolted awake by the alarm clock. While all this is mightily vexing, especially on a day when I really need to concentrate workwise, what bugs me the most is Misery Guts’ ability to roll over, turn his back on the situation and go back to sleep. As Little B starts to wail into the darkness Misery Guts stirs, at best. I swear he’s more…
  • Win a year’s supply of Huggies baby wipes!

    18 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    Fancy winning a year’s supply of Huggies baby wipes, a £500 Asda gift card or a Disney hamper? Then all you’ve got to do is challenge your wipes! As regular followers will know this year we’re working with Huggies and putting their range of wipes to the test, and we’re kicking off by taking part in the new Huggies Challenge Your Wipes campaign, which launches this week. Huggies is giving mums and dads the chance to try out their wipes for free and win some great prizes by uploading photos of your messy situations and sharing your thoughts on the wipes on their website. To get your…
  • BritMums Live 2015: I’m just a teeny tiny bit scared

    13 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    I’ve gone and done it: I’ve bought my ticket for BritMums Live (we’ve got a lovely shiny badge on the right hand side of the page to prove it) and I’m just a teeny tiny bit scared.  It’s the UK’s biggest two day conference and social media event for bloggers, and having never been to anything like this before it’s a rather daunting prospect. I’ve got no doubt I’ll embarrass myself by recognising lots of people and heading towards them as though we’ve known each other for years, before realising in fact we’ve never even met. But when you think about it, in a way we…
  • Ella’s Kitchen finger food review: let weaning commence!

    11 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Just when you’ve settled nicely into a routine, it’s time to change it again and get used to a new one. After six months of exclusive breast feeding it’s time to start weaning Little B, and I’m not sure I’m ready. Mainly due to the constant wiping. As with BB we’re opting for baby led weaning, which for those of you in dark means Little B is given whole pieces of food or a loaded spoon to feed himself, and is the opposite of parent led weaning, ie me shovelling puree into his mouth on a spoon. It’s a brilliant way to learn to love good food – instead of everything being…
  • Taking out a pension and making a will: eeek eeek eeek…

    8 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Getting a pension and making a will. Those are top on my list of life admin which I’ve been vowing to get round to for years, but haven’t. And with the election results now coming through, it’s a timely time to revisit the issue. With the exception of a tiny pension I earned while working at a newspaper – and of course the state pension (also tiny) – I’ve got a vague idea that you’re supposed to halve your age, and that’s the percentage of your monthly income you ought to be putting away for retirement. Eeek. While this routinely haunts me, I’ve still done…
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    incy wincy spider | BLOG

  • Blog Train: A day in our life

    11 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Just a year ago, I was working full time at my branding and marketing role, and with Ava joining us, my mum helped to care for her while we were at work and Aiden attended full day child care. Today, I juggle my full time role running PriviKids, our kids apparel and lifestyle business and my role as mummy to Aiden and Ava. With the opening of our second store at Suntec City this April, I learn to prioritize and work even more efficiently. There is no typical day for parents as we all know how surprises come our way, and things do not always go as planned. I learn to relax more and enjoy the…
  • Ava at 16 months

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    Dear Ava,You have started to take your first independent steps a few weeks ago and the family is so thrilled to see you stand without support for a longer period. With your new found skill, you waddle around the house and enjoy carrying a bag on your arm as you wave goodbye to us to go on your imaginary date. Your brother Aiden was amazed, 'Wow mei mei can stand for so long time', to see you achieve this milestone. I am sure there will be so many more games you both enjoy in time to come.Whenever I see you after work, you will stretch out your arms longingly for me, and as soon as I have you…
  • To a healthier year ahead: Guardian Gummies for Kids

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    With the Chinese New Year celebrations coming right after Aiden's 4th birthday, we had an extended celebration and with this, feasting on food that is not exactly healthy for both ourselves and the kids.Aiden is a relatively fussy eater, and is not open to trying new variety of food. He also has a very limited list of favourite food which he will ask for daily. Worrying he does not get a balanced diet and the necessary nutrients and vitamins he needs, we turn to vitamins and supplements that are appealing to him and complement this with his diet.Guardian recently launched two new products for…
  • We are going on a playground hunt...

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    I remember the good old days when I was a kid, and grandma would bring us to the playground (almost) daily. She would catch up with her friends in the neighborhood while we exhaust ourselves running around, challenging one another to swing the highest and attempt climbing up the slides. It was her breather for the day. We were happy to occupy ourselves with games like Police and Thief, Hide & Seek.With fewer of the old school playgrounds remaining, complete with real sand for the even rarer few, I decided to bring Aiden and Ava to the watermelon playground near Tampines Central for a fun…
  • 5 things I will do differently in 2015

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This year, for me is going to be a year of focusing on being present for the family and carving out more me-time for myself.  Here are the 5 things I will be doing differently in 2015:1) Understanding and speaking the love languages of Aiden, Ava and Daddy DarrenI have always wanted to learn more about the different love languages and how I can apply them in strengthening my relationship with my loved ones. I picked up these books, The Five Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell M.D.and The Five Love Languages and I would highly recommend them for those of…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Teen Survival: 4 Things I Would Tell My Younger (High School) Self

    17 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Marisa Houser There have been countless times when I have cried and cried over fights with friends, been an outright bitch to my family (because I was more focused on what I had going on), changed my looks to be like someone/something I’m not, and much, much more. The dilemmas, not only in high school, but in young adult life, can seem so earth-shattering that it is hard to actually listen to the advice given to us in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. But, there are some things that no one had ever told me while I was experiencing all the ups and downs of high school. And…
  • Buddy, Shadow & Wingman: The New ‘Girl Code’ On Campus

    11 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Hannah Wilson, the young lady who was tragically murdered last month at Indiana University, has left an indelible mark on our hearts. As mothers, we mourn for her parents and family, as sisters, we cannot fathom losing our best friend and confidant and as a community, we reel in anger at how perilously dangerous it has become to send our girls off to college. Tales of campus rape and sexual assault, in addition to first-hand reports of raucous college parties gone terribly wrong, appear on the news with such regularity, we are barely able to recover from one story just as…
  • Happy Mama’s Day, Girlfriend xo With Love, GIRLilla Warfare

    9 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    ‘Wishing you a Stress-Free Day filled with Love, Joy, Breakfast in Bed, Internal Peace, Uninterrupted Sleep, the Perfect Cup of Venti, a Smell-the-Roses Moment, A Clean House courtesy The Kids/The Hubby, a Stocked Fridge, the Laundry Put Away, Special Time to Watch Your Shows/Read Your Book/Breathe, No Nagging, No I WANTS, No Meltdowns — Just Life’s Goodies: Laughter, Hugs & Kisses — an Appreciation for ALL that you do. In Our Bible — EVERY DAY is Mother’s Day. We love you, Girlfriend. xoxo THE GIRLilla Warfare Team
  • Still Got Game: An Ode to Sandra Bullock … and to US

    3 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup I have always had a massive girl crush on Sandra Bullock and, turning 50 last August, was made a wee bit less painful because Sandy turned 50 two whole weeks before me. For almost two decades, she has always been the idealized version of myself, and like so many women in America, I really feel like if she met me, we’d be BFFs. Sandy is that pretty yet goofy friend who snorts when she laughs and admits to cringing at her Morning Face. However, my hubby has also repeated on more than a few occasions, that if I were to graciously give him a “PASS” — Sandra Bullock…
  • Is Raising a Competitive Child Doing MORE Harm Than Good?

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Lately I’ve read a number of articles addressing low self-esteem and heightened anxiety in young teenage girls who not only engage in aggressive sports but also who possess a competitive personality. It’s not just academic and athletic, but social and emotional competition stemming from unhealthy messages passed along by insecure and jealous parents. (Think “Dance Moms” on steroids) And all of this destructive behavior makes me feel we are moving a bit backward instead of paving a positive path for our children to follow. We don’t need any more hostile, little Tonya…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Talking to Yourself – June Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in June 2015! (Check out April, March, February, January, and summaries of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for June 2015: Theme: Talking to Yourself: Write a letter to yourself at another age, either past or future. Tell pre-parenthood you what’s in store, or talk to new-mama you…
  • Round Table Discussion: Four Messages of Hope

    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D, authors of the book The Whole Brain Child. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. If you have been reading along with our posts the past few months as we have discussed No Drama Discipline, perhaps you have found yourself longing for a…
  • Round Table Discussion: R-E-D-I-R-E-C-T

    1 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D, authors of the book The Whole Brain Child. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. You know you want to keep calm and connect with your children when things begin to go South, but what can you do to change the situation? The authors of No…
  • Why Outdoor Play Boosts Children’s Happiness

    Ariadne Brill
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Outdoor play: A fundamental way to increase happiness and wellbeing for children One afternoon, my children were a bit cranky and getting into small squabbles. I suggested we go to the park to throw rocks and climb. Within 5 minutes of being outdoors, this was going on: “WOW” Did you see how far that rock went? asked one child. “I did bro, I saw it!” said another child. “So cool.” said another. High fives and smiles followed. I often take my children and friends to a local park for rock throwing, climbing, jumping, scaling and running. More than anything, they seem to do whole lot…
  • Bed-Sharing Options with a Toddler

    NPN Mentors
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    An NPN reader asks our natural parenting mentors: My husband and I are co-sleeping with our 13 month old. Generally speaking, I love it. However, he seems to be a restless sleeper and I am woken up at least every hour, all night long. My husband sleeps through it better. Our son sleeps between us. We are considering moving from a queen to a king-sized bed so that I have a little more room. This is not really in our budget right now, though, and I’m wondering what other options there might be for sharing the queen-sized bed. Suggestions? Here’s what our natural parenting mentors had to…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • 12 Years of Unrelieved Boredom (To Kill a Mockingbird (Re)Read)

    23 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    I’m participating in the To Kill a Mockingbird Re-read (#TKAM on Facebook), and I love this book so much more than when my junior year English teacher assigned it! I particularly enjoy the thoughts of Scout, who is wise beyond her years. Scout’s thoughts on her first year of school resonated with me because of my own public school experience. I hope that my children are loving their own homeschool journeys, although I’m sure every child will find something to fault ;) I added words to this photo to share with some of my homeschool groups on Facebook, feel free to share. Are…
  • Talking to Yourself – June Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in June 2015! (Check out April, March, February, January, and summaries of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for June 2015: Theme: Talking to Yourself: Write a letter to yourself at another age, either past or future. Tell pre-parenthood you what’s in store, or talk to new-mama you…
  • 6 Strategies to Help Kids Overcome Perfectionism

    7 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    My seven-year-old son has a tendency toward perfectionism, as do I. Like many perfectionists, he becomes super frustrated with his own mistakes. Since we homeschool, it has been imperative that I give him some tools to help him through these challenges. Perfectionists can fall into two main camps – they can overachieve and relish challenges, or they can beat themselves up for any perceived “failure” and become too scared to try new things. I remember feeling both of these extremes – great joy when I’ve tackled something new and difficult, and crushing…
  • Carnival of Natural Parenting 2014 Year in Review

    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the past five 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 2014, our writers revealed their parenting fears; they shared their family’s past times and discussed how to balance “me time” and family time; and they offered ideas and tips on fun and frugal family vacations and on how to make the most of indoor time with kids. The compilations of…
  • No Drama Parenting Tactics that Promote Peace

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recently I wrote about “changing the shark music,” and how my attitude in approaching my children’s behavior sets the tone for the entire interaction. The authors of No Drama Discipline expand on this idea in their very practical chapter on “addressing behavior.” I want to share some tips from this chapter that have been helpful in my own parenting lately. Ask Two Questions The authors of No Drama Parenting talk a lot about engaging kids’ “upstairs brains,” the part of the brain that uses logic, communicates, and learns from discipline. It is…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • Take Selfies Like a Pro with Vivaselfie Stick #vivaselfie

    23 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Do you enjoy taking selfies? Selfies are fun but taking selfies can be challenging if your trying to take your own photo yourself. I don’t take a ton of selfies but when I do it usually takes me several tries before I get a good shot on my own. I usually end up having to have someone else take a photo of me. Group photos are also fun but I usually end up the one behind the camera because I didn’t have a selfie stick or tripod to use. So when I saw the self stick for the very first time, I knew that I had to get one. When I got the opportunity to review Vivaselfie monopod, I…
  • Tips for Smooth Travels With a Baby

    22 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Vacationing with your baby or toddler in tow doesn’t have to be a nightmare. While children can be unpredictable and will always need extra special attention, it shouldn’t hold you back from bringing your baby along to experience the excitement and joy of traveling. Skip the Stroller Schlepping a bulky stroller wherever you go can make maneuvering through crowds a challenge, and depending on where you’re traveling to, you might not have ready access to ramps, elevators or well paved sidewalks. A baby carrier is not only easier to pack but is a much less cumbersome way to travel with…
  • 7 Tips to Make Buying Your Dream Home Easier #CapitalOneHome #CleverGirls

    22 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Photo Credit: Pixabay Are you currently renting and dreaming of home ownership? Many families dream of owning a home and often want to buy a house at some point during their lifetime. Home ownership has its advantages and disadvantages over renting. If you are planning on purchasing a home soon, then you will need to read these tips to make your home buying experience easier. Buying a home is often a tedious and stressful process but it doesn’t have to be if you are prepared. Owning a home should be considered a long term investment and it is very important that you make sure that you…
  • May Coupons and Deals

    IM In APP Coupon
    22 May 2015 | 2:26 am Coupons: 25% Off Unless you are an art expert, adding artwork to your home can be frustrating and expensive. How do you know what art is right for your décor style? takes the confusion out of decorating your home, by providing tools to help find the perfect fit for your home and style. Visit and save on a variety of art styles including: contemporary, abstract, vintage, photography and more! Enjoy their current promo by visiting to receive FREE SHIPPING on all orders (including art, prints, posters, fine art decorative and more). Shop now! This offer is valid…
  • Is it Safe for us to be in Contact with Cleaning Chemicals During Pregnancy?

    Diana Smith
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    During the pregnancy, women get overly sensitive and start reacting to practically anything that could harm their baby or them. Although our worries rise during the pregnancy, when occupied with a lot of everyday obligations, we sometimes simply forget to ask ourselves what the most dangerous chemical substances are. One of the most concerning environmental hazards numerous mothers-to-be are worried about is cleaning chemicals. Some of them contain numerous toxic ingredients, so- called teratogens that could result in birth defects. That is why you should pick such product carefully and avoid…
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  • Why School’s Not Out for Summer

    21 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Alice Cooper didn’t try to mislead us. He just recorded “School’s Out for Summer” in a different, less complicated time. Earlier this week Mommylibrium and I met with Eli’s teacher for an end-of-the-year chat. It didn’t take long. Eli is a hard-working student who appears to meet the requirements set before him. What struck me about the meeting were the challenges awaiting him … and us. No, Eli won’t be attending summer school. Chances are he’ll have three months of swimming and enduring sun screen applications. Have at it. That’s…
  • Why TV Size Matters to Men, Not Women

    18 May 2015 | 2:02 am
    When I met my future wife she was watching a TV she scored from a dumpster. The TV’s reception was so bad we couldn’t tell Will from Grace. That didn’t bother her. When that set failed, she replaced it with another TV straight from, you guessed it, another dumpster. Suffice to say neither set took up much shelf space. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and we have even less in common when it comes to TVs. Modern culture suggests men and women are basically the same (minus some critical parts). That’s an argument for another blog, but one thing I’ve learned…
  • The Straight Poop on Our Boys’ Latest Obsession

    15 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Think you’ve heard every poop joke imaginable? Not if you haven’t dropped by our house lately. Our four-year old is obsessed with potty humor. Poop. Pee. Buttocks. Repeat. It started innocently enough, and I bet I partially encouraged it. I love when my sons dissolve into fits of laughter, and the easiest way to get there is via a well-timed potty joke. Two years ago I invented the Pooprechaun, the magical creature who appears every St. Patrick’s Day along with his more famous brother, the leprechaun. He’s brown, not green. Get it? It seemed innocent at the time. Did…
  • How ‘Standing Up’ Taught Our Boys About Bullying

    12 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    Mommylibrium insists our older son bullies his younger brother. I call it being a sibling. She has a point, I confess. Elijah occasionally displays bullying behavior when given the chance. I’m reticent to label every aggressive behavior “bullying,” as is the norm these days. Still, it’s our job as parents to let Elijah know this kind of behavior is unacceptable no matter the name. That’s where a little-known film came in. Unexpectedly, I might add. We decided to have another “Family Movie Night” earlier this week. That usually means I pick a beloved…
  • Why Dads Need to Learn About Postpartum Depression

    4 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Mommylibrium never demands I should write about a particular topic on this blog. But when she gives me a nudge I know well enough to listen. She recently took part in a conference devoted to perinatal mood disorders, something I haven’t thought about since our second child was born. Those first few weeks after welcoming a baby into your home can be bliss. I can remember the joy of giving our sons their first baths, strolling them through our neighborhood park in their burrito blankets and how their tiny expressions hinted at the personalities to come. That beautiful sense of discovery…
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    Learning Together

  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Free Photo Signs

    7 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Say cheese! Preserve the memory of your child and his or her beloved teacher this Teacher Appreciation Week by taking an adorable picture of them! Here, we have some colorful signs that you can personalize to add some flair to the photo! Click the image below to open up and print the templates. Need another idea for a simple, yet sweet gift for your child’s teacher? Download our free printable “thank you” note template here and have your child write their teacher a thoughtful note to thank them for all they do!
  • La Petite Academy Applauds Mentorship Award Winner Nichole Mayer

    7 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    La Petite Academy is proud to honor teacher Nichole Mayer at its Citrus Heights, California school location as this year’s recipient of the company’s highly coveted Lisa Miskimins Mentorship Award.  Mayer was chosen from among nearly 17,000 early education teachers nationwide from La Petite Academy and its sister brands in the Learning Care Group portfolio – Childtime, Tutor Time, The Children’s Courtyard and Montessori Unlimited. This award was established in recognition of Lisa Miskimins, Senior Vice President of Field Operations – an outstanding leader and mentor to many in the…
  • Get Moving, Get Learning

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    6 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Movement is not only an essential tool for encouraging healthy habits in children, but it’s a really great way to build a child’s sense of self and to provide educational opportunities. We all know that the brain is the most important organ for cognition and learning. As parents and teachers, it’s our job to build, fill, and maintain the brain. For learning to take place, the brain needs oxygen, energy (glucose), and water.  The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ and a 4-year-old child uses twice as much glucose as an adult.  Physical activity is needed to pump blood to…
  • Celebrating Memorial Day

    6 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    As the weather warms around the country and we all look forward to the start of summer, Memorial Day is a great opportunity for some quality family time, especially outdoors. It’s also a good opportunity for your family to learn about our country’s history together. Memorial Day is the time when we remember those special individuals who died serving in our country’s armed forces. One way to honor the service of these individuals is to put together a care package for a soldier (or soldiers) currently serving overseas. These organizations are a great resource for learning about the types…
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Free Printable “Thank You” Notes

    4 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Our teachers work hard each and every day to instill a love of learning in our little ones, and this week is the perfect time to thank them for their dedication to early childhood education. For a sweet way to say “thank you,” have your child write a personalized note for their teacher!  Just click the image below to print off a free template (we’ve got four different ones for you to choose from!).
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    Jana Kingsford

  • BigDreamsTV: Don’t Negotiate With The Terrorists In Your Head

    Jana Kingsford
    19 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    BigDreamsTV: Don’t Negotiate With The Terrorists In Your Head I say this all the time, “Don’t negotiate with the terrorists in your head”. You know the ones that sabotage every new habit you want to start. Want to start a new habit? Want to make a new change? I could talk about Big Dreams Strategies, seriously ALL. DAY! I believe in you. I believe in your dreams. They’re not silly to me. If you have a dream in you, you have the ability to do it. You aren’t given a big dream, without the ability to achieve it.  You’re not given BIG dreams by accident.
  • BigDreamsTV: How To Manifest Your Dreams & Motivate Yourself Too (HINT: It’ll Feel Like Deja Vu When Your Dreams Happen)

    Jana Kingsford
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    BigDreamsTV: How To Manifest Your Dreams & Motivate Yourself Too (HINT: It’ll Feel Like Deja Vu When Your Dreams Happen) Do your dreams feel a million miles away on a bad day? I know the feeling, every single one of my dreams has felt a million miles away at some stage. My dream to graduate university (after I had kids!) My dream car My dream kitchen My dream business I quit my part-time J.O.B 8 years ago in pursuit of my big dreams lifestyle (without the 9-5 grind) and over the course of the last 8 years, it’s been an up and down journey to the point I’m at now with my…
  • Why I get 3 kids out of bed at 4am for the Anzac Day dawn service

    Jana Kingsford
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Why I get 3 kids out of bed at 4am for the Anzac Day dawn service Why do I get my 3 kids (including toddler) out of bed, early in the morning on Anzac Day for the Dawn Service? People asked me this last year, when they saw me attend the service. Freedom. My Grandfather, Gek, he went to war. My Nan stayed home and waited for him for 3 years. One day, she decided to go to the train station and that was the day, after 3 years, he returned home. I go to the Dawn Service, because it makes me remember them. I take my kids because I want them to care about something other than themselves. I take my…
  • BigDreamsTV: A Day In The Life VLOG, My Morning Routine, Bike Riding, Evening Routines

    Jana Kingsford
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    BigDreamsTV: A Day In The Life VLOG, My Morning Routine, Bike Riding, Evening Routines This is about the art of believing you can do a lot with a little time + This weeks BigDreamsTV episode is a video VLOG I made just for you, following me around for the day (juggling big dreams & little time!) Everything in society imposes it’s limiting expectation of what you can do – on you. Everywhere you look there’s signs that you can’t do what you dream of doing. Everywhere you turn, there’s a person who has something to say about the way you go about your big dreams.
  • BigDreamsTV: How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed HINT: Try the Information Diet

    Jana Kingsford
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    ‘ BigDreamsTV: How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (HINT: Try the Information Diet) OK, I’ve got a quick few seconds while hubby takes the kids out… This morning I was writing at 5.50am and then baby woke up and it’s nearly 12hrs later that I’m getting a chance to sit down and write this to you. NOW… the Information Diet. It was the #1 takeaway I got from reading the 4hour Work Week book in 2011. When I got so productive I made my head spin (even more productive than I already was). Wanna know what the information diet is and how it helps me?   1.
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • Training Tuesday

    19 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    Another decent week on the fitness front for me. I didn’t achieve all of my goals but the training that I did was successful. I fell short on my home training – not managing to do any of the Bikini Body Guide – but the running went well and I am well on my way towards joining the FBI (just joking, but wouldn’t that be exciting?). The week’s training Wednesday: I followed D’s advice and did a session of running, but decided to mix it up with a bit of strength too, so I started with a couple of pull-ups: two back-to-back (a new personal record), then 300m…
  • Steller storytelling

    18 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Have you heard of Steller? It’s a fantastic visual site where you create small photo-based “stories” to share with others. There are some truly beautiful stories to flip through on there. This weekend, I contributed my first story to the Steller storytelling site: a tour through my favourite area of the city – the narrow, cobbled streets of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan and a visit to my favourite restaurant in the Old Town: Den Gyldene Freden (which you might have seen on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago). I am quite excited about the potential of Steller and I know…
  • Training Tuesday

    12 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    The Swedes have a few words that defy easy translation into English, and träningsvärk is one of them. Officially, it translates into English as “delayed onset muscle soreness” and literally as “training pain”, but that one, compact Swedish word for muscle soreness a day or so after you’ve trained sums it up far better. Because when my legs gave way as I got out of bed this morning, I was not thinking “Oh, damn that delayed onset muscle soreness!” The week’s training Last Wednesday: Preparing for the birthday party on Sunday meant that I…
  • Training Tuesday

    5 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Of course, having decided to make myself accountable, I had a terrible week on the training front and managed precisely nothing until yesterday when I had my regular session with my trainer. Not really the start that I was planning for Training Tuesday. Which all means that the only training I have to report – other than ferrying the boys backwards and forwards to football on the back of my bike on Sunday – is yesterday’s PT session. Monday: Even though I managed to do precisely zero training in the preceding week, my trainer, D, still added 3kg to my barbell front squats.
  • The Year in Books – May

    4 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Last week I was wondering whether I should join in May’s The Year in Books. Reading books, or more accurately, finishing them, has not been my forte recently. So, wasn’t it a little hypocritical to join in and then fail, yet again, to complete my read for the month? You see, yet again last month I failed to finish my monthly read. And I had such high hopes for Dinner: A Love Story. I did really the first half of the book as Jenny Rosenstrach has a wonderful storytelling style and it made me laugh out loud to hear about their trials and tribulations when trying to get their…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Stepping Into A Special Role: Being An Effective Stepdad To A Child With Special Needs

    Nik Donovic
    24 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Stepping Into A Special Role: Being An Effective Stepdad To A Child With Special Needs from Support for Stepdads . When you married your spouse, you made the commitment... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Stepdad Quotes ~ Father’s Day

    Gerardo Campbell
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Stepdad Quotes ~ Father’s Day from Support for Stepdads . Five unique stepdad quotes perfect for Father’s Day. What makes you different from my bio dad... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Attitude Check

    Gerardo Campbell
    19 May 2015 | 12:03 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Attitude Check from Support for Stepdads . I first learned about the power of attitude as an Air Force Academy cadet. An upperclassman would yell, “Short attitude... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips to Reconnect With Your Kids During A Divorce

    Brooke Chaplan
    17 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Tips to Reconnect With Your Kids During A Divorce from Support for Stepdads . As a parent going through a divorce, you may be uncertain how to begin treating the wounds... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Telephone Counseling Is A Great Option

    Marcie Pregulman
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Why Telephone Counseling Is A Great Option from Support for Stepdads . Thanks to modern technology, telephone counseling is becoming an increasingly popular new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • The Countdown

    Rebecca Wood
    21 May 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Today was Charlie’s last Early Intervention appointment ever. She has aged out of the program and is on to bigger kid things. In a week, Charlie will be three. Over time, anniversary season has become easier for me. I remember the dates but I don’t obsess over them. Nor is anticipation or anxiety linked to the days. They come and go like most. For example, I signed and dated a form. When I saw the date, I realized it was the anniversary of my admission to the high risk perinatal unit. After a few seconds pause, I went about my day and didn’t really think about it again.
  • Baby Clothes

    Rebecca Wood
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Out of everything, baby clothes have held a special place in my parenting world. Not only did Charlie’s birth entail numerous losses, but there were very few parenting choices that I got to make. What Charlie wore was the only thing that could still go the way I had imagined it when I first got pregnant. I clung to my idea for her wardrobe fiercely. Anytime Charlie out grows a size, I pick out the clothing pieces that mean something and place them in a drawer. The pieces in the drawer will be incorporated into a quilt one day. The rest of the clothes get dumped into a trunk in the…
  • Almost Three Years In

    Rebecca Wood
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Charlie, ten days old My husband and I are almost three years into our journey of parenting a preemie. A short amount of time that feels like forever. In anticipation of the upcoming Parents of Preemies Day, I’ve been asked to write about what prematurity means to us today. The abridged answer? It’s complicated. You see, currently, I’m angry at prematurity. My anger flows in waves. At first, I was angry that prematurity nearly stole my first and only child’s life. Then, I was furious because of the long term repercussions it has on her life (CP along with speech and…
  • Spoiled Brat

    Rebecca Wood
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Wow, did I get hit by a nasty stomach bug. Charlie got it too. But luckily, she was only sick for about a day. We did have to cancel weekend plans I had been looking forward to. But, such is life. This recent stomach bug required several trips to my doctor for things like anti nausea medicine, IV fluids, a different anti nausea medicine, and so forth. After I had beaten the bug and was at my follow up visit, I asked my doctor a bunch of questions about preeclampsia. My 36 birthday is this week. In my husband and my storybook version of life, we are supposed to have two kids by now. I know I…
  • The Strangeness of Time

    Rebecca Wood
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    The feeding program evaluation went well. Charlie will attend the intensive feeding program this spring/summer. I should receive the dates any time now. Charlie will be three soon. Three. Years. Old. It feels like it has been at least twenty years since she was born. Maybe, that is because of the seemingly endless infancy stage. For example, we finished regular late night feeds a few months ago, she continues to be formula dependent, and there is no end to diapers in sight. Or, time could be dragging due to the monotony of a schedule packed with specialist and therapy appointments. Possibly,…
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • Don’t Mute Your Inner Voice, Change It

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

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

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

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

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Neither hot nor cold, not too much of anything. But somehow appealing. Somehow interesting. Containing that je-ne-sais-quoi, that makes a person instantly appealing. But, without trying to appeal. Difficult?  Definitely. And the more you try to figure out that elusive and desired characteristic of “cool”, the more it escapes. And if you intend to be […]
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    NoBullying|Bullying & Cyber Bullying Resources & Advice

  • The fear of Internet Pornography
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    With the advancements in mobile technology, we are finding it easier to access some things on the Internet that may be considered offensive by others. There are many reasons why some people fear pornography on the Internet. Whatever it is that makes some people afraid of Internet pornography, it is not enough to keep the many who find a way to access these sites regularly. According to Rescue: Freedom, the sex-related entertainment business makes just under $13 billion dollars a year in the U.S. This statistic is based on a report from 2006. Almost 10 years later, these numbers are sure to…
  • How to Curtail Snobbery in Your Children’s Lives
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    As children grow, there are many traits parents would like for them to develop. Traits such as kindness, consideration and respect for others will help your children adjust well at home and in the school environment. In contrast, traits such as selfishness and snobbery will be a detriment to your child’s emotional and social growth. By definition, a snob is a person who believes he or she is better than others due to social status, intellect, physical appearance or outstanding ability or skill. People who are snobbish tend to criticize, reject, or look down on people who they feel are…
  • How Do I Teach My Child the Basics of Right and Wrong
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    As parents, it takes a tremendous amount of responsibility to teach a child to develop the basics of right and wrong. Whether you notice it or not, children are always watching how you interact with others and if you have taught them a lesson, how you maintain that same standard. To teach a child how to respect others, how to share, and how to take responsibility takes time and patience to really be confident your child isn’t learning unethical habits. An important connection between you and your child is the ability to read into the teaching moments brought towards you, as a parent you can…
  • Help Stop the Bullying today
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    More and more reports of bullying are being made in schools and businesses across the country. Every day, new cases of bullying are being revealed, which means there is an increased need to raise awareness. Everything from how we act to what we do and who we support to who we stop from bullying others has an impact on the communities we live in. It is time to stop the bullying.  Here are some things we can do as a nation to stop the bully we may face in our own community: Respect It is important we focus on our own actions before condemning others for theirs. This means we need to treat…
  • Are You an Advocate of Permissive Parenting?
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    What is Permissive Parenting? Most parents have the desire to do a good job in raising their children. Whether you have one child or many, you want to make sure they get a good education, are loved and cared for and have their needs met. Parents may have different parenting styles, but their goals are generally the same – to raise happy, well-adjusted children who will eventually grow into mature, responsible adults. The way you parent your kids can make a tremendous difference in how they respond to life. A study of 9,000 UK households revealed that parenting style had greater influence…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • Time for a fallback plan…

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

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

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Everyone and anyone who has ever met me knows that I love to read.  I read while waiting to pick up the kids, I read to reduce stress.  I may or may not have been caught reading a book at yesterday’s playdate (Sorry about that Karen.  I had a lovely time!). My kids have picked Read LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & #Giveaway ends 5/13 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23 Introducing: Damsel Not Book Blast & Giveaway! ends 12/7 Fall in love with cloth diapers…
  • Wilderness Walkabout giveaway ends 4/24

    Meghan G
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    1 Lucky Winner will receive the kit above which was reviewed by The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass. You can see everything you will be getting here. Cooper & Kid may be on a mission to make Dad’s cooler than moms, but this kit can be done with either parent. Cooper Kit is a quarterly subscription Read Wilderness Walkabout giveaway ends 4/24 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Red Gold Lasagna Made Easy Kit Giveaway ends 2/3 #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event ends 10/31 Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway ends 10/20
  • When Calls the Heart Premiere Review & #Giveaway ends 4/30 #FaithTV #Hearties

    Meghan G
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    If you have still not gotten over the end of Little House on the Prairie or Dr Quinn, Medicine woman, then I have good news for you! “When Calls The Heart” is about to come back for a second season. In addition to the top billed cast, I was pleased to see this wholesome drama Read When Calls the Heart Premiere Review & #Giveaway ends 4/30 #FaithTV #Hearties on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Smile Brilliant Review & #Giveaway ends 4/29 #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event ends 10/31 Festive Fit Giveaway ends 12/8
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    Day 2 Day Parenting | Day 2 Day Parenting

  • Screen Time for Kids: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

    Betsy Gamza
    14 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Computers are everywhere! No matter which direction we turn, access to a computer – or more specifically “screen time” – is everywhere we look. In many homes, computers and other ways to access the internet are available in almost every room of the house. As parents, we want what is best for our children. If we listen to the commercials and advertisements, we might be missing out if we don’t purchase the latest computer program, the latest app, or the latest Blu-ray. In reality, though, what are the pros and cons of all of this “screen time?” “What is screen time?” you might…
  • Nursing and Breastfeeding Tips for Busy Families

    Betsy Gamza
    13 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    Breastfeeding a baby is probably one of the most amazing experiences that any woman can encounter. As mammals, nature created our bodies so that we will produce the necessary milk for our young. The most recent recommendations from pediatricians have even been to nurse (or formula feed) your baby exclusively for the first six months of life before introducing solid foods. A mother’s milk is the most perfect food that has ever been created! All that being said, being a mother is HARD WORK! Finding time in your routine to sit down and nurse can be an overwhelming thought to a pregnant mother,…
  • Bottle Feeding Basics

    Tamara Guo
    12 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    On today’s market there are so very many choices for types of bottles and nipples that it can be overwhelming for any parent, especially a first time parent. Often you may have to try a few types of bottles and nipples until you find one that your baby likes best. Once you find the right bottle for your baby, be sure to buy about a dozen to keep on hand. So what are some pros and cons of the various types of bottles available? Glass Bottles Glass bottles are easier to clean Glass bottles last longer than plastic bottles Glass bottles can break Glass bottles are heavy for babies to hold on…
  • What to Expect From a Lactation Consultant

    Tamara Guo
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    As new Moms, we are told that nursing our babies is the best for them nutritionally and helps to develop a closeness and bond with our newborn. But what if you or your baby are having difficulty with breast feeding? Who can you turn to for advice and help besides friends or relatives that may have nursed their own children? There is nothing worse than that inner feeling of failing your baby because of his inability to latch on, difficulty coordinating a suck/swallow/breathe pattern, or difficulty with producing enough milk. There is help out there! That’s where the services of a lactation…
  • Car Seat Safety & Tips for Avoiding Tantrums

    Tamara Guo
    10 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    There’s nothing more frustrating than driving down the road with a screaming child throwing a tantrum in a car seat. We’ve all been there, and as a driver and parent you feel helpless and distracted, unless you can pull over and check on your little one. At times car seat tantrums will be unavoidable, but let us help you with some car seat safety tips that may help to make your next car trip more pleasant for both you and your child. First off, what are the latest guidelines for car seat safety? Infants car seats are rear facing Toddlers car seats are forward facing Older children use…
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    A Fine Parent

  • 10 “Behavioral Issues” That Are Actually Good For Your Kids

    Viola Tan
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Kids are cute. But boy, can they press our buttons. Aren’t you sometimes awed by how easily your little angels can push you to the edge? I know I am! 51% of my time as a parent is filled with joy. The other 49% is spent managing my own internal turmoil from interacting with a growing, curious being learning her way to function in the world with nary a trace of concern for the havoc she wreaks in me. So, it is with a smile on my face (and the mantra “this too shall pass” playing in a loop in my head) that I present to you this list of “behavioral issues” in children that have…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids Self-Control and Delayed Gratification

    Sarah Ramirez
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s be honest: children sometimes suck at being patient. I know mine do. Unfortunately, their lack of patience and self-control can become contagious to us adults, too. I admit that I’m prone to snapping, “Just wait a minute!” when my kids are screaming because I take too long to cut their grapes. And before I know it, it becomes this vicious cycle—my children’s impatience makes me impatient, which in turn makes them more impatient, until it spirals out of control. I know I can’t indulge them when they whine instead of waiting quietly – like all parents, I do believe in…
  • How to Make Sure You Are Raising Kids With a Healthy Self-Esteem

    Sarah DeNome
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    How can I protect my child from life’s hurts? Will my child be bullied? Will my child stand up to peer pressure? How can I prepare my child for the challenges in the world? If you’re like me, these are the nagging questions that seem to always be present. Some days these questions are quiet and just sit idle in the back of our minds. Like white noise that we are able to drown out with hugs and snuggles. Other days these worries are front and center in our minds screaming at us for answers, solutions, and comfort. As a parent I have realized that I CANNOT protect my children from…
  • Active Listening: How to Master the Skill That Will Make You a More Effective Parent

    Malinda Carlson
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    “YOU NEVER LISTEN TO ME!!!!”  The scream echoes through the house. As does the slam of the bedroom door. Have you been there? It’s an all too familiar family scene. It’s after dinner, homework isn’t even close to being done, and a mild reminder about finishing up a book report has turned into WWIII. My husband and I look at each other. I have steam coming out of my ears. He looks as if he’s witnessed a car crash. “I just wish he’d listen to me!” I fume as we straighten the pictures on the walls sent rocking by the shockwaves. Meanwhile my son sulks in his room. “I just…
  • How to Respond to An Emotional Meltdown to Raise Strong Kids

    Cally Worden
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aren’t you amazed at how seemingly random things can send our kids into a complete emotional meltdown? It doesn’t matter whether the child is 4 or 14. In the moments before a meltdown it’s the face scrunching that gives it away. As body language goes it’s all out there, up front and very personal. A clear signal that your child is very sad and needs your help to cope with the rush of unbearable feelings. But in the heat of the meltdown, emotions run high. For us parents too. So what’s the best way to cool down the situation without clamping down the emotions? My…
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    Bumps n Baby

  • Tupperware Smart Chopper and Twinkle Tup Range Review

    Sangeetha Menon
    23 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    During lunch break at the office canteen, I used to observe the number of associates carrying lunch in Tupperware boxes. I must admit ¾th of my office associates trust Tupperware when it comes to lunch box, snack box and even water bottles! Today I present to you the review of the baby collection Twinkle Tup [...] The post Tupperware Smart Chopper and Twinkle Tup Range Review appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Visit To the Zoo With Your Toddler – 12 Tips That Help

    Anu Prabin
    22 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Have you taken your toddler for a zoo visit? If not plan for a zoo visit at the earliest. A visit to the zoo with your toddler will be great fun for you and a different experience for your toddler if you plan ahead and follow certain tips and guidelines. Reyhan likes animals. Seeing his [...] The post Visit To the Zoo With Your Toddler – 12 Tips That Help appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 7 Tips for Baby and Toddler Care During Summer

    Neha C
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Summer season is at its peak. Each season has its own charm and its own challenges. Summer brings with it scorching sun and hot winds. It is a big change for the little ones. But do not worry. Follow our summer care guide to keep yourself and your munchkin comfortable and cool this summer. Baby [...] The post 7 Tips for Baby and Toddler Care During Summer appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Sweet Pumpkin Paratha, Kaddu Ka Meetha Paratha

    Neha C
    20 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I bring to you the sweet pumpkin paratha or kaddu ka meetha paratha recipe for babies and kids. The main ingredient is pumpkin or kaddu which is usually a neglected vegetable in kid’s diet. Parathas are comforting food for most of us and what if they are sweet! This recipe is a healthy and [...] The post Sweet Pumpkin Paratha, Kaddu Ka Meetha Paratha appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Get Rid of Prickly Heat Rash Once and For All

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    19 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I bring to you the effective home remedies for prickly heat rash in babies and kids. Have you read the summer care for babies? Summer brings with itself a lot of sweat. When there is a lot of sweat accumulated, there is a condition called milaria, in a layman’s term – prickly heat. Signs [...] The post Get Rid of Prickly Heat Rash Once and For All appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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    Piccolo Universe Home - Piccolo Universe

  • 23 Of The Most Important Life Skills I Have Taught My Only Child

    22 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    As parents it is important to instill the life skills and values to help our children become confident, responsible, and respectful members of our society. I sat down with my teenage son, and we compiled a list of almost one hundred useful life skills... then narrowed it down to 23 of the most powerful ones to share with you!1. Don't Tie Your Happiness to Others - Happiness comes from within. When people tie their happiness to something outside themselves, they become dependent on those things to dictate their mood.2. Practice Gratitude3. Be Comfortable Spending Time Alone - Alone time…
  • The Homebirth Choice, An Inside Look At Giving Birth at Home

    21 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Homebirth as an option? I certainly didn't even consider it when I became pregnant with my first child. My oldest son was born via cesarean after an induced labor. When I was pregnant with my second child, I really wanted a Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). I switched to a different OB/GYN who supported my choice. Unfortunately, I consented once again to being induced and after 14 hours of labor which included manual dilation, my daughter was born via cesarean. With both children, I broke out in hives after the epidural was inserted.With two cesareans behind me, the odds of having a VBAC…
  • Hiring Your First Babysitter: Tips To Cope with This Nerve Wracking Experience

    15 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The first time I left my son alone with a babysitter was err, nerve-wracking, to put it mildly. My brain was consumed with one too many scary scenarios, but I've slowly learned to tell my type A personality to chill out. What I didn't mention is that the "babysitter" was his grandmother. Now that he's becoming a little boy, I realize how important it is for him to socialize with new people. So I'm making an active effort to find a "real" sitter that I feel safe leaving my son with. I know, tall order.Here are a few tips that I hope may help you in your search:Ask Around. My husband and I are…
  • Summer picnic ideas! What to bring, what to do.

    14 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the smell of fresh cut grass fills you with the realization that summer is finally here. It's been a long time coming and you're ready to get outside with the family. What better way to start enjoying the season than to take your family on a picnic with these summer picnic ideas? Well, okay, there might be a few better ways to enjoy the sun (resort, infinity pool) but for the sake of social media, get out there and get those photos showing your picture perfect family. Who knows, you might even have a great time while you're at it. Before you head…
  • 5 Novels You'll Love Reading to Your Children

    13 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Just because your little ones aren't ready for reading doesn't mean they won't enjoy listening to you read some of the greatest stories ever told. The bond formed when reading to your children these stellar titles will be a cherished one. So go to the bookstore, the library or even your own bookshelf to dig out a classic that'll have you both wishing for bedtime.Matilda By Roald DahlIt's number one on this list for a reason. It's no surprise that Dahl makes the top of list after list of the best books to read with his many extraordinary novels but Matilda may be his masterpiece. Little…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • 65-Year-Old Mom of 13 Gives Birth To Quadruplets

    Lisa Arneill
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    What started as a quest to have ‘just one more’ has resulted in the arrival of a set of quadruplets for 65-year-old German woman. Ten years after welcoming her daughter Leila, Annegret Raunigk has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure. Germany’s RTL television reported that the mom, who already has 13 children and seven grandchildren, gave birth to three boys and a girl by Caesarean section at a Berlin hospital on Tuesday. The babies – named Dries, Bence and Fjonn, and Neeta, arrived at 26 weeks, weighing between one pound and…
  • North West & Penelope Disick Take Dance Class Together!

    Lisa Arneill
    22 May 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Cousins North West and Penelope Disick were photographed arriving a dance class in Tarzana, California on Thursday with their moms, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. It’s not her birthday yet, but that didn’t stop Penelope from rocking a birthday cake hat complete with candles! North matched her mom in all black with a leather biker jacket.   The girls may be taking a couple classes at the studio.  On the way in North wore ballet shoes, but she was dressed in tap shoes as they made their way to the car later. Kim shared a photo of her little lady before the outing saying, My…
  • OXO Recalls 25,000 Nest Booster Seats Due to Fall Hazard

    Lisa Arneill
    22 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in conjunction with OXO, of El Paso, Texas, have announced a voluntary recall about 25,130(25,000 in the U.S. and 130 in Canada) Nest Booster Seats because the stitching on the restraint straps can loosen which allows the straps to separate from the seat, posing a fall hazard to children. This recall involves the Nest Booster Seat sold in green (model 6367200), pink (model 6367300), taupe (model 6367500) and orange (model 6367400) with a white base. A sticker affixed to the underside of the seat reads “Nest Booster Seat” with the model number…
  • Modern Dads Do Diapers, but Not Baby Talk, and It’s Not a Bad Thing, Experts Say

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 pm
    With each generation, the line between gender roles fades just a little more. Today, it’s not uncommon for dads to stay home and moms to work. And dads change diapers, cook, clean, fill sippy cups, and play peek-a-boo. But according to a new study by researchers at Washington University, Spokane, there is one thing that dad’s DON’T do. Baby talk. When mothers talk to their infants, they tend to use high-pitched tones and varied cadences otherwise known as “motherese.” It’s a sing-song type of talk, and it is thought to be a bonding tool, a form of communication that young children…
  • Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Swirl & Scoop Ice Cream Playset {VIDEO REVIEW}

    Lisa Arneill
    20 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    One of my son’s favorite things to do is create with Play-Doh. Their Sweet Shoppe line has been popular collection for us because it allows kids to create their own sweets and deserts. New for Spring, Play-Doh has expanded the collection with the introduction of Swirl & Scoop Ice Cream Playset. This set is great because it comes with 5 small cans of dough(2 regular and 3 Play-Doh plus), and enough cones and sundae bowls to feed the whole family.  Retailing for just $12.99, this set is also a great option for gifting. With more than 35 different candy, fruit and cookie molds, there…
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  • My Experience Working for ParentEdge

    21 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This blog has been contributed by Shravishtha Ajaykumar, who was one of the Student Contributors for the May-June 2015 issue of the magazine. I began the internship extremely excited, not only because it was my first internship in an area of journalism, but also, it gave me the opportunity to write in a fashion that wasn’t my usual practice. It put me outside of my comfort zone and made it all the more exciting. Working for ParentEdge allowed me to see the more pragmatic side of becoming a writer. A side I wouldn’t have come across writing for personal blogs or college magazines. What I…
  • Structured Classes versus Self Directed Play for 3-7 Year Olds

    19 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. 3 to 7 year olds are at an important stage in life where they continue to learn a lot while they play. There also seems to be growing demand for structured classes that focus on one particular skill for your child to master. Problem solving, skill building, negotiating, overcoming mental and physical barriers are all formed during these years. So should you be setting up structured classes for your children or should you be letting them play on their own? Child Psychologist Judith Hudson says, “Both structured and…
  • It’s All in the Mind: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Shobhika Jaju
    17 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Source: Google Images Its’ all about appearance, be it perceived or real. Research suggests that most people form their opinion about others in the first 3 – 5 seconds of meeting them. Is it any wonder then, that most of us place undue emphasis on our appearance or image? And so do our young teens? While almost all of us have normal appearance concerns, it becomes rather unhealthy when these concerns start resembling obsessions / compulsions. In my last blog, we had discussed body image issues, and one of the repercussions mentioned was Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD. Let’s look into…
  • Building Memories with your Child: the New ATM

    Ramendra (Ramen) Kumar
    15 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Ramendra ‘Ramen’ Kumar This blog is an excerpt from Ramen’s recently published parenting book,“Effective Parenting: A New Paradigm”. Many of us are so busy getting things for our loved ones by investing money that we forget to give something which is free but invaluable. I am talking about the gift of a memory. And this gift comes wrapped in a currency which we all have in plenty but we perennially complain we are short of – the currency of Time. We should remember that gizmos get outdated, gadgets break, clothes get torn, but memories are forever. We have all heard of…
  • The Importance of Playdates

    Swati Nitin Gupta
    14 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Source: Google Images When a fellow blogger and a good friend mentioned on her FB timeline about arranging a playdate for her son with one of his schoolmateS, I thought about the word, googled it and realised that THE playdate is an interesting concept for parents of Contemporary India. Playdate – the word was a stranger to Indian parents till A few years back. however, with a paradigm shift in our society – emergence of nuclear families, both parents working – this US concept of playdating has found its way inTO Indians homes as well. Before I go any further let’s understand, what is…
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    Moms Best Umbrella Strollers

  • I Love You, Mom

    Grace Wilson
    11 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Becoming a mom made me realize one thing, it’s a never ending job! When I was young, I always thought that celebrating Mother’s day is not necessary for I will always show my love for her even when it’s not the special occasion. Which is true, by the way, but the extra appreciation and affection you can receive from this day made me feel that my role is special and even more incredible. Giving birth is a painful act every mom needs to go through just to see us, deliver us safely and let us see the beauty of the world. From an innocent baby, our moms would raise us even…
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    The Best Baby Strollers Guide

  • About Baby Jogger Travel Systems

    Lisa Sunny
    22 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    Moms are normally anxious to get back into shape after the arrival of their new baby, and for this purpose some even opt for jogging stroller travel systems which is believed to help reaching their goal while keeping the baby safe and secure inside the unit.You can baby jogger travel systems from nearly any well-known stroller manufacturers, as if you have two kids or twins to carry, you can rely on Baby Trend Double Jogging Strollers or Instep Double Jogging Stroller to make sure you get what you want.So here is more about baby jogger travel systems for you to consider.FunctionDetermine the…
  • Baby Jogger City Mini: What You Need to Know before Buying this Stroller

    Lisa Sunny
    19 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    Baby Jogger City Mini was the winner of the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Award for capturing the essence of urban mobility with its features. The unit was designed to be one of the most lightweighted and easiest to fold swivel-wheeled strollers available on the market today. There are more for you to learn about this product, which we are going to discuss below. For more insights from the owners of this product, click here to read their comments and testimonials.Reasons to Choose Baby Jogger City MiniThe stroller offers you many conveniences from the weight it is carrying to…
  • Beware of the so-called Double Stroller Review

    Lisa Sunny
    16 May 2015 | 12:28 am
    Becoming parents, you definitely want to give your baby the best things possible, you would want to buy everything which is the best for your babies. When looking for an ideal stroller for your twins, you may want to find the so called double stroller reviews out there in order to choose the best one. So, what do you need in a such review?What a double stroller review needs to show?Generally, you can find 2 main types of reviews on the internet: User reviews and reviews from professionals.User reviews: Obviously, the reviews from real user of the product will be real. They used the product,…
  • Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller- The Best Baby Stroller

    Lisa Sunny
    14 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Joovy introduces as new Scooter X2 Double Stroller for babies. This is a very amazing stroller for babies that will surely help the adults in the process of maintaining the safety of their babies while traveling in outdoor places. This stroller is the best option for those individuals who love to travel in different places like parks, shopping malls and other public areas with their newly born babies. With the help of this product, it will become much easier for the adults to take their babies in outdoor places every day. Click Here To See Pricing, Ratings and Reviews For This Product On…
  • 6 Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Baby Stroller

    Lisa Sunny
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Preparing for your new baby is exciting but challenging, especially with first time parents. Among tons of suggestions and information, you have to make your own decision on what your will buy for your baby. Obviously, a stroller is essential. Although stroller is one of the must-have and seems to be popular, choosing a right one is not easy as you think. There is nothing called best baby stroller at all, because different babies need different strollers. Read on the 6 things to consider selecting the best stroller for your baby.Factors that make the best baby stroller1. Helpful While…
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • Sometimes Humble Pie Tastes Ooh So Good!

    Nathaniel Turner
    21 May 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The other day, I was served a hot heaping slice of humble pie and I loved it. Okay, truth be told when the slice of humble pie was first presented to me, I was – in G-rated terms – irritated. I wasn’t irritated because the humble pie wasn’t served à la mode either. Nor was […]
  • The iPhone And The Case For Experiential Learning

    Nathaniel Turner
    13 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    A little over eight years ago, my then eleven year old son asked for an iPhone. Today, this might seem an ordinary request for one so young but eight years ago, I thought his request was outrageous. In 2007, owning an iPhone was a luxury item even for adults. For that matter, owning an iPhone […]
  • Why It Might Be Okay To Take A Gap Year

    Nathaniel Turner
    7 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    As the end of another school year approaches, all over the country parents and graduating high school seniors are having discussions from calm to passionate about what comes next. Some students know exactly what they want to do next while others are not so sure. This dilemma is not exclusive to those students whose high […]
  • Now Is The Right Time To Hire A Tutor

    Nathaniel Turner
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Although the end of the school year is near, just like your child’s favorite sport, where education is concerned there is no off season. If you thought there was an educational off season, you are mistaken and I urge you to think again. THE ALL-TIME GREATS The all-time sport greats don’t dare take summers off. […]
  • How Would You Define Great Schools?

    Nathaniel Turner
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The last several days have been extremely enlightening. In consecutive days, I had the opportunity to take a bus tour of the “great” schools of Indianapolis and listen to a panel of experts discuss preschool education. While in all but a couple of cases, I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the efforts […]
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  • Dressing Up and Buying Clothes

    13 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    I was watching Asia’s Next Top Models last week, and they had a challenge on posing for catalogues. When the models went in, a senior executive from Zalora, gave them some pointers and added some accessories to them. I liked … Continue reading → Tags:  great singapore sale, shopping, zalora Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  1 (One) on this itemYou might be interested in this:    El's Sports Day  Ben 10 Obsession  Some of El's funny quips  History Fieldtrips to WWII sites in Singapore  10 Free…
  • The Danger of Twice Exceptional Students Undiagnosed

    1 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    There are various streams in schools here in Singapore, each catering to students who progress at different pace. The first stream (Express) allows students to complete their secondary education in four years. The middle stream (Normal (Academic)) allows students to … Continue reading → Tags:  ADHD, Amos Yee, ASD, dyslexia, gifted, lee kuan yew, ODD, twice exceptional Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Baby Talk  Dinner, Music, Art and Ninja…
  • Cozy Weekend With Gar

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    My helper has left for home after her contract is up. This is the first weekend without any help in nearly two years. We stayed home most of the time since the boys were not well enough to go out for … Continue reading → Tags:  spending time, staying at home, weekend fun Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  11 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    How To Encourage Young Advanced Readers  Gifted Testing In Singapore From A Parent's Perspective  Nursing Gar- A Closed Chapter  Dirty Medela…
  • 12 Anxiety Issues Parents Of Gifted Children Face

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Being a parent is not easy, let alone being a parent of a gifted child (or two). While my husband thinks I am too zen-like about many things (i.e. don’t appear concerned enough), I am probably more like a duck … Continue reading → Tags:  anxiety issues, gifted issues Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  11 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    El and Gar's Photo Shoot  Dirty Medela Pump Membrane  How A Four-Year-Old Names His Future Business  How To Bring A Book Alive - Experiments And…
  • Gifted Characteristics Of Lee Kuan Yew

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Singapore has lost our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on 23 March 2015 at 3.18am. Much had been mentioned about how our former prime minister had transformed Singapore from a village to a metropolis. While we all know that … Continue reading → Tags:  dyslexia, exceptionally gifted, extensive vocabulary, gifted individual, lee kuan yew, twice exceptional Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  6 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    The Danger of Twice Exceptional Students Undiagnosed  Reading To Gar…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • 'Why I Haven't Told My Kid He Has Autism': 12 Moms Speak Out

    22 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. To tell or not to tell: That is the struggle many parents of children on the autism spectrum face. Hearing the doctor deliver the diagnosis can bring up a whole host of emotions, and telling your child about their autism brings those emotions back to the surface. So it's no surprise many parents choose not to have the conversation. Or, at least, not right away.Whether it's because the children aren't ready to hear it, or parents aren't ready to say it, there are plenty of reasons why families decide not to openly discuss a child's autism diagnosis. That's why we went to…
  • 10 Old School Activities You Need to Share With Your Kids

    21 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Post by Judy Dutton. Today, amid the iPads and Xboxes, it can be easy to forget that there was a time when kids had a blast doing far simpler stuff. And oh, what a tragedy it would be if you one day wake up and realize your kids have grown up without trying them! (And trust is, that will happen faster than you think!)In case your kiddos are twiddling their thumbs one day and you're scrambling for some fresh ways to have some fun, check out this list of ideas. We promise you won't be disappointed! What could be better for teaching money skills than #4? Image via H. Tuller/shutterstock
  • Why I Let My Kid Play All the Video Games He Wants

    21 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Post by Adriana Velez. A lot of parents do a great job of limiting their kids' screen time. And that's great. I congratulate you all. But I've taken a very different approach. My kid is a gamer, and I don't tell him how much screen time he can have.It didn't start out that way. When he first became interested in games, I tried to keep track. I created a stack of screentime cards, 30 minutes per card. He got a certain amount a week, and it was up to him to decide how he used that time. That worked for a while. But I got busier, and he became way more serious about his gaming. I became less…
  • How to Tell Your Child He Has Autism

    21 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. Receiving the news that your child has been diagnosed with autism can be an overwhelming and life-changing moment for a mom. But just as you're processing the information, another important question arises: when do you tell your child that he or she has autism ... and how?According to Eric Hollander, a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the director of the autism and obsessive compulsive spectrum program at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, the answer to when may be sooner rather than later, as kids are incredibly self-aware.
  • 15 Genius Tricks to Get Even the Laziest Kids to Help Around the House

    20 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. Getting kids to do their chores is no easy feat. It's pretty common for kids to moan and groan about having to clean up their toys and feed Fido -- and pretty normal too. But study after study tells us it's not just helpful to get kids to pitch in around the house; it's good for them too. So how do you make them step up? Bring on the mom hacks!From chore wheels to payday punch cards, moms around the web have some savvy solutions for sloth-like kids. So bust out the craft glue and get to making these chore charts. And then set up a brilliant reward system that'll have…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • Van Ogtrop is back. And her parenting advice is really simple — and worse than ever.

    Miso N. Grey
    22 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I sincerely hoped the last column I read was the managing editor of Real Simple's worst, but it simply wasn't. May's column seems like a drunken suburban stay-at-home mom babble. Continue reading →
  • Depression is the direct result of parental failure.

    Miso N. Grey
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    If your child is depressed, it may have been your lack of guidance that caused it, mom and dad. Depression is the direct result of a parental failure. Continue reading →
  • Left To His Own Devices.

    Miso N. Grey
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Our civilization may have arrived at a turning point, where we're heading towards uncivilized behavior. Continue reading →
  • Find something more important than you are, and dedicate your life to it.

    Miso N. Grey
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    It's better to work hard for four years so you can party for the next sixty, rather than party for four and suffer later. Trust me, the former is so much better. Continue reading →
  • Redneckin.

    Miso N. Grey
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    A few years back, I was cornered by some guy at a kid’s party. Honestly, I forget his name. I want to say George, Paul, John or maybe Ringo, but I don’t remember. I must admit I am occasionally introverted. It’s kind of a learned thing. The only thing I hate more than parties is being forced … Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • JustFab BOGO Memorial Day Event (ends May 25)

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    23 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: JustFab BOGO Memorial Day Event (ends May 25) SPECIAL OFFER ENDS MIDNIGHT Monday MAY 25TH!! This post contains affiliate links (thanks for supporting Mom Fuse!) Memorial Day weekend usually brings lots of great sales and specials! JustFab is offering a great sale right now with their BOGO (buy 1 get 1) Memorial Day Event. This is a JustFab VIP Membership Exclusive SITEWIDE EXTRAVAGANZA […]        
  • Dragon Fruit Recipes & Tips

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    23 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Dragon Fruit Recipes & Tips Dragon Fruit is such a beautiful fruit that many don’t know much about. I know I was amazed at it’s beauty when I first saw the Dragon Fruit. But what do you do with Dragon Fruit? How do you cut Dragon Fruit? What are some good Dragon Fruit recipes? Here are some Dragon Fruit tips […]        
  • Poppy Drops Child Safe Nail Art & Jewlery

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Poppy Drops Child Safe Nail Art & Jewlery Have a princess at home? My little princess is six years old and loves jewelry, makeup, etc. Actually, it’s really not a love – it’s an obsession! Poppy Drops has come up with some very cool “beauty” alternatives for children so if you’re daughter is a princess like mine – she can now have some […]        
  • Easy Garlic Rice Pilaf Recipe

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Easy Garlic Rice Pilaf Recipe Our family isn’t real big on rice, but this Easy Garlic Rice Pilaf recipe is probably one of our favorites and one we eat most often. We do like some white rice occasionally (my husband likes his with soy sauce mixed in). My husband and I like brown rice with certain dishes but still not […]        
  • Amazon Instant Video Adds 6 New Original Kids Series Shows

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Amazon Instant Video Adds 6 New Original Kids Series Shows Amazon Studios greenlit four animated kids pilots and two live-action kids pilots for its next kids pilot season debuting this Summer on Amazon Instant Video. This new line-up adds to the already award-winning slate of original kids series, including the multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf. Once again, viewers can watch and provide feedback on the shows […]        
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • I’m Pregnant. So, There’s That.

    7 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    You read it correctly, ladies and gentlemen. I’m pregnant. There. I said it.  Everything can now move on and I can keep expanding quickly and comfortably, no longer feeling the need to tighten my virtually-useless stomach muscles when out amongst the general public. At work. During dinner parties. At the neighborhood park. While dropping my kids off at school. [...] The post I’m Pregnant. So, There’s That. appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Rainy Days? Try Perpetual Motion Gymnastics Open Gym

    3 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    I’m really excited to have Stacey on board as a contributing writer. She approached me because she wanted to see more east side adventures listed (and I, as a west sider, definitely get over there far less). Super pumped for her help to expand the map – plus, she’s funny and real, which is awesome.  PERPETUAL GYMNASTICS  [...] The post Rainy Days? Try Perpetual Motion Gymnastics Open Gym appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Strollers Strides: A Must-Try Twin Cities Class!

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Mentally preparing for a high-intensity workout requires a lot of motivation. And caffeine. But who has the time and money to stop and spend at high-priced coffee shops every morning? This winter, I taught myself the art of pumpkin-latte-making in my very own kitchen. This tasty treat required a quality milk frother to help get [...] The post Strollers Strides: A Must-Try Twin Cities Class! appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • The Library Series: Minneapolis Central and Rum River

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    MinneMama Adventures is happy to introduce Kelly Sullivan Noah as a new guest poster. She has offered to share her experiences in a fun series called “Go and Stop: The Library Series” where she breaks down the numerous kid-friendly libraries our city has to offer. I’m excited for her series and hope you enjoy it! We’re pleasantly spoiled [...] The post The Library Series: Minneapolis Central and Rum River appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Take the Apron Challenge: Kids Catering to Kids

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    A few weeks ago, I spoke with a mom named Debbie about her creative brainstorm-turned-reality – Kids Catering to Kids: the Apron Challenge. Her idea evolved from an afternoon of watching kids in the neighborhood play pretend restaurant, taking pride in their “stick spaghetti” and “rock meatballs.” What if something like this could give kids the [...] The post Take the Apron Challenge: Kids Catering to Kids appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Boho Like Me

    Mary Fallon
    23 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Hi, I’m Jen (aka Stella + James Finds on Kidizen).  Since I‘m always on-the-go as a mom of 2, stylist and photographer, the carefree, Bohemian style suits me well. My kids’ styles are often reflective of my own so throwing these Mom & Me looks together was so much fun! Enjoy.9 Mom & Me Looks for Summer Boho style available in Stella + James Finds on Kidizen For more Mom & Me inspiration and some great Boho finds on Kidizen, please check out my Boho Like Me board on Pinterest. Here are just a few of the inspiring looks...Pins I Love: Boho…
  • Minne Me. Minne You. Minne Love.

    Mary Fallon
    6 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You shared your pics of you and your Minnes sporting your favorite Minnetonka mocs, and oh! we loved them all!  If awesome kicks could inspire such style, we thought we should get to know the mom+me mates behind them. Please meet our five prize-winning mamas with moc-rockin' kids. We collected their thoughts on style, memories, motherhood. We hope you'll read their love notes and share your own! And don't forget to check out all of the amazing entries on the Minnetonka Community Page in the Kidizen app.   What do you love about your Minne-Me?This little girl…
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    Dori Graff
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
  • Real Shop Stories: Stella & James Finds

    Mary Fallon
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Chapter 1: Meet Jen, Stella And James Hi I am Jen Snyder, Shop Keeper and Mama Stylist of Stella + James Finds up here in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.  I am a woman that wears a lot of hats at my house. I am a stay at home mom, but also a professional photographer, painter, Barre instructor and wardrobe stylist. One thing I have always loved is both art and fashion.  I try creating unique and eye catching outfits for myself + kids that blend these two favorites together and make it super fun to get everyone ready each day. It is amazing how much kid’s fashion has…
  • Shop of the month: Alice & Finn

    Mary Fallon
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Hi Cadyn! Please tell us about yourself and your family.Hello! We are a very adventurous and lively family. My husband Alan and I have a 6-year-old, Finley Sophia and a 3-year-old, Alice Amelia. He is an artist and I work in advertising, so design is a huge part of our life. We love to travel and we jump at every opportunity to explore, but for the past 15 years or so Austin has been our home. My family is all about constantly learning by our own experiences or ones we read about. Creativity and love of learning is crucial.How did you hear about Kidizen and how did you get hooked?I was…
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    Growing Children

  • Share if You Think Every School Should Have a Year-Round Gardening Program!

    Kim Allsup
    10 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    A few years ago the children at our school grew, harvested and, ultimately, ate a giant, two-pound carrot. Our gardening program at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod has come a long way since then. We now have a unheated hoop house and a program where middle school gardeners lead first through fifth graders as they learn to build soil, plant, transplant, tend, water and harvest food year round for school lunch. The 24 by 48 feet  indoor growing space is the heart of our gardening program. Since it is unheated we choose winter crops such as carrots, spinach and kale that grow when the nights…
  •   a parable about the common core and the empty flower pots.  

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

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

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

    Kim Allsup
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    (photo:You want your child to be free to be led by his or her own inner self) A mom at the playground this morning called excitedly to her child. “Good job!” I couldn’t see her because I was working inside a greenhouse next to the twisty orange plastic slide. Thirty seconds later, I heard it again, “Good job!” and again perhaps a minute later, “good job!” Had I been a time traveler, I could have dated this scene as being in the post year 2000 era. I don’t remember being praised as a child. I didn’t miss it. It is not as if all my friends were blanketed with praise and I was…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • 8 Must-Have Essentials for Your Next Summer Family Vacation

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Seasoned vacationers will tell you that there are a few must-have items they love taking on their trip. For each family, it’s a little bit different. I’ve put together a little list of things we like to bring along with us on vacation. Gaiam Lunch Bag — If your kids are like mine, they’re probably […]
  • 4 Wedding Gift Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of

    21 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    A beautiful and unique wedding gift is not always easy to buy, right? Few couples dream of receiving a new blender or kettle, and tea cozies are just not for the modern couple. Here are four unique wedding gift ideas that will surely please the bride and groom, and stand out from the crowd. 2. […]
  • Simple Ways to Refresh Your Bedroom

    20 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Your bedroom should feel like a sanctuary, where you can escape from the world and relax. Despite the significant amount of time the average person spends in their bedroom, it’s an area of the house typically kept out of site from guests, and is often neglected when it comes to décor and styling. If the […]
  • How to Choose the Perfect Mattress

    20 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Do you find yourself resorting to the same, uncomfortable mattress every single night because the idea of buying a new one is too overwhelming? Choosing the perfect mattress can seem like an impossible task, especially with the plethora of options available. Thankfully, the process of finding your dream mattress doesn’t have to be terrifying; simply […]
  • How to Prepare for a Home Renovation

    20 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Renovations can be one of the most stressful parts of owning a home, right? The simple act of letting someone into our homes can be confronting for many people and it is necessary for the process to be as smooth and streamlined as possible. There are many ways of preparing your house for renovation, and […]
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    Spymaster Pro Official Blog

  • Spy On Your Children’s Facebook Messenger [FB] Chats And Videos

    22 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Facebook: The blissful app, has rolled out its yet another life-easy-making feature this week. Heading next to give a tough challenge to its competitors (Viz. Skype, Hangout, Facetime, etc.), Facebook has launched a video calling feature for its users. iOS and Android device possessors of around 18 countries can now enjoy this feature by just […]
  • How To Spy, Hijack WhatsApp Messages for iPhone or Android?

    Ricky Martin
    9 May 2015 | 1:18 am
    The alluring aspects of WhatsApp (W/App) has made it distinguished and eminent. Hence, It‘s proclaimed as the most popular app used by the people for the purpose of messaging. It is not only free but is also available as a cross-messaging platform. The ease and lack of difficulty in sharing media has made it the […]
  • How to Monitor or Spy on Your Kids Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat,Instagram) use?

    Ricky Martin
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    How to Monitor Your Kids Social media Use – An infographic by the team at Spymaster Pro To Embed How to Monitor Your Kids Social media Use on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below Card
  • How To Find Lost iPhone

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:43 pm
    How to find lost iPhone – An infographic by the team at Spymaster Pro To Share this Infographics on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below </p> <p><img src=”” width=”540″></p> <p>How to find lost iPhone – An infographic by the team at <a href=””>Spymaster Pro</a></p> <p>  
  • How Can I Spy On A Samsung Galaxy Phone?

    Chandni Sharma
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    It is evident that the Samsung, a South Korean enterprise is apparently one of the colossal and preeminent Android smartphones OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). And this is the reason that lately I’ve been receiving loads of queries on “How can I spy on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone?” Well, flip through the article to know the […]
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    Problem Kids Blog

  • Getting Inside A Teenage Brain – 8 Facts You Must Know

    Robert Locke
    2 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.”- Aristotle You know the scenario better than I do. A pile of clothes on the bedroom floor which has been there a long time or breaking the speed limit. Teenagers can be anything from moody, impulsive, verbally abusive, reckless, to being downright maddening and disrespectful. Getting inside the teenage brain is absolutely crucial to coming to terms with all this. Who are the experts on all this teenage brain stuff? One parent of teens (they are now in their twenties) is Frances Jensen who was not only a parent but also a…
  • Easier Pill Taking For Kids – 15 Tips For Parents.

    Robert Locke
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    “And a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, the medicine go down…” Mary Poppins Is Mary Poppins’ advice enough to make pill taking easier for kids, you might wonder? It appears from research that this is quite a common problem – about 40% – 50% of kids really do have difficulty in taking the standard capsules and pills. The reasons are manifold: fear of nasty tasting medicine parental pressure fear of discomfort put off by size of pills and capsules kids’ age and development associated with negativity and anxiety Pill Taking Easier For Kids. Rather than telling the…
  • Dealing With ADHD Kids – Straight Talk To Help You Cope

    Robert Locke
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    How many times have you heard people say that ADHD is not a real disease, it is just bad parenting? At the other end of the spectrum in dealing with ADHD kids, we have the medication brigade who think Ritalin and other drugs will do the job. Obviously, there is a happy medium. It is interesting to note that most experts recommend parenting classes and support or behavioural therapy before rushing into medication. The CDC in the USA says that there has been a 4% increase in ADHD diagnosis in the four year period from 2003 to 2011. But many doctors are prescribing ADHD drugs without even…
  • Parenting Toddlers Tips – 7 Basic Rules

    Robert Locke
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    With toddlers, you have to keep a few basic principles in mind. These range from them not being able to tell you what they want nor can they move as fast as they like – just as well! That is the perfect recipe for acting out, temper tantrums, hitting siblings and an astonishing range of bad behavior. Here are the basic parenting toddlers tips. If you think that it is all uphill, it helps to remember that if you consistently show praise, encouragement and affection as opposed to talking about rules, criticism and consequences all the time, then you are on to a winning strategy. Long term, of…
  • 10 Healthy School Lunches Ideas

    Robert Locke
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Are you getting tired of the same old recipes that you trot out week after week, when getting the kids’ lunches ready? You know that healthy school lunches for kids are usually much better than what they can get at any school cafeteria. The only problem is that it takes longer and you have to be really organized to get them ready in time. But follow these tips where we will give you some useful ideas. First watch the video below for some great advice about getting the right mix of protein, carbs and greens but also she has good ideas about the actual containers (laptop lunch boxes, also…
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    When the Dust Settles

  • Silent Sunday

    Ashley Beolens
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The post Silent Sunday appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Word of the Week – Intimidation

    Ashley Beolens
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to our Word of the Week post for Saturday 23rd May 2015 is INTIMIDATION  intentional behaviour that would cause a person fear of injury or harm. This Weeks Word of the Week Intimidation Meaning of the Word noun The action of intimidating someone, or the state of being intimidated. The post Word of the Week – Intimidation appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • A Touch of Class

    Ashley Beolens
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For some reason I’ve always been thought of as posh amongst my group of friends (well I use the term friends loosely we all drank together in the same pub for many years and have kind of stuck to that group), I think I know why but it gets a little confusing. Growing Up Working […] The post A Touch of Class appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Nappies – I Don’t Miss Them

    Ashley Beolens
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I’ll tell you what I don’t miss in life, and that is nappies, I thankfully haven’t changed one for years now (my daughter went from nappy to toilet with out a pull-up to be seen, and she was the last). I’m not saying they were an issue to deal with per se, the early ones […] The post Nappies – I Don’t Miss Them appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Death and Kids

    Ashley Beolens
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Talking to kids about death is something every parent dreads having to do, we all hope that we won’t have to do it while they are young, and even try to soften the blow by buying pets so they will learn of death through an animal rather than a person (I know this sucks but […] The post Death and Kids appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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  • How I conquered Graduate School as a New Single Mom

    Dr. Becca
    21 May 2015 | 5:39 am
      So many of you already know my story, but for those of you who are new to my blog, you can read the long version here. The quick version of my story is that I married my high school Continue reading → The post How I conquered Graduate School as a New Single Mom appeared first on .
  • Modern Parenting vs. “Regular Parenting”

    Dr. Becca
    19 May 2015 | 6:41 pm
      I get asked all of the time from new readers how Modern Parenting differs from “regular parenting.” I tell them that Modern Parenting includes the important core values and principles that have been handed down by good parents for Continue reading → The post Modern Parenting vs. “Regular Parenting” appeared first on .
  • VideoBlog – Can I Inspire Change In My Family Even If They Are Teenagers?

    Dr. Becca
    6 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    I get a lot of questions from readers about their specific Modern Parenting dilemmas. In my very first video blog, I address one reader’s question on how to inspire change in her older children. Watch on YouTube: Ask Dr. Becca VideoBlog: Continue reading → The post VideoBlog – Can I Inspire Change In My Family Even If They Are Teenagers? appeared first on .
  • 5 Steps To Follow To Help Your Family Go From Good To Great

    Dr. Becca
    5 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Think you’ve got an awesome family? Since my first article was published in the Huffington Post a few days ago, I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of Modern Parents through email, Facebook, and Twitter and what Continue reading → The post 5 Steps To Follow To Help Your Family Go From Good To Great appeared first on .
  • The 4 Best Practices For Keeping Your Child Safe While Using Cell Phones and Social Media

    Dr. Becca
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Smart Modern Parents know that they cannot shield their kids from technology use – to do so would be a disservice to their kids, as technology is an important aspect to modern life. Our kids will more than likely have Continue reading → The post The 4 Best Practices For Keeping Your Child Safe While Using Cell Phones and Social Media appeared first on .
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  • The “Mobile Porn Problem” and why parents need to know

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

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

    Robin Petrovsky
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Remember when the lucky kid’s got a TV in their bedroom? Back in the day, all the way back to 2010 , there was something called “traditional Television”. Some of the cool folks called it “TV” for short. It was …Read More The post TV In The Palm Of Their Hands appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Your kids and Apples iMessage

    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Learn how you can see every iMessage for free   So it is New Year and your kids and teens have their new shiny Apple mobile devices. Maybe its a new iPod touch for the young ones, a fancy new iPad Mini, …Read More The post Your kids and Apples iMessage appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Your teen may circumvent your parental controls

    Robin Petrovsky
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Learn Your Teens Top Tricks to Get Past Your Parental Controls The following blog post may seem long and get somewhat technical at times, but guess what? The minute you bought your child a smartphone, laptop, tablet, gaming console or any …Read More The post Your teen may circumvent your parental controls appeared first on NetSanity.
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  • “I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys.”

    Edward Shepard
    22 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    As a toddler in 1981 and 1982, I attended a day care with monkeys. Or, perhaps more precisely, I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys. I was two, then three. I remember nothing. Source: Monkey day care | The Verge written by @michelledean The post “I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys.” appeared first on PARENT CO..
  • 5 new links to share with your curious kids

    Erika Lowe
    22 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Share awesome, fun links with your kids curated by Today Box. Today Box curates fun and educational facts, videos, photos and jokes for curious kids, parents and educators. Week of May 22, 2015 Experience extreme sports like you’ve never seen them before – in extreme slow motion! Watch striking footage of parkour, gymnastics, skateboarding and motocross on Today Box. Should we eat bugs? Learn about bug consumption around the world in this animated video from TED-ED. Yum! The streets of Cologne, Germany come alive at night with light paintings in this short film. Take a peek at the…
  • How skateboarding helps kids develop a growth mindset

    Edward Shepard
    22 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Skate culture is super positive and focused on the process of learning. This teaches kids "get better" lessons that encourage a growth mindset. The post How skateboarding helps kids develop a growth mindset appeared first on PARENT CO..
  • Dear Friend Without Kids

    Brigitta Burguess
    22 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    I still like you. I know we haven’t talked in a long time, but please know that I think you’re really great and wish we could spend more time together. The post Dear Friend Without Kids appeared first on PARENT CO..
  • Laugh of the day-Matt Lauer Waits In Parking Garage For Anonymous Source On Parenting Trends

    Parent Co.
    22 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    You can always rely on the Onion to deliver the hard hitting hilarity. (And we could totally see Matt Lauer lurking around a dark corner, smartly dressed in his Balenciaga trench coat waiting for his mommy blog informant.) NEW YORK—Nervously checking his watch and glancing around the desolate underground parking garage in anticipation, The Today Show host Matt Lauer was reportedly waiting for an anonymous source with inside knowledge of the latest parenting trends during the early morning hours Thursday. Get the rest via the Onion: Matt Lauer Waits In Parking Garage For Anonymous Source On…
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    Creative Family Connections

  • Calling All Hopeful Surrogates: Introducing CFC’s Exclusive Gestational Carrier Program – $250 Match Bonus!

    Frankie Marrero
    21 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Here at CFC we are always looking for ways to sweeten the journey – for our Intended Parents AND our surrogates. In that vein, we are very happy to announce our brand new Exclusive Gestational Carrier Program, which offers our GC candidates a $250 bonus upon matching! Our extensive GC pre-screening program gives both our GC candidates and Intended Parents peace of mind. Through our caring and comprehensive process, we take the guesswork out of matching. We work with each candidate one-on-one from the very day that they apply to become a surrogate at CFC. During our pre-screening process we…
  • Wyoming

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:33 pm
    WYOMING GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WYOMING WY Stat § 14-2-403(d) “does not authorize or prohibit” Gestational Surrogacy contracts; however, WY Stat § 14-2-901 et seq. covers assisted reproduction in some depth. As a practical matter, Gestational Surrogacy is rare in Wyoming. To date, there are no known requests for parentage orders in Wyoming.  Rather, parentage rights of Intended Parents using Gestational Carriers in Wyoming have been secured when Wyoming’s Vital Records honored an out-of-state pre-birth parentage order from the Intended Parents’ home state, and issued a birth…
  • Wisconsin

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    WISCONSIN GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WISCONSIN Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision Paternity of F.T.R., Rosecky v. Schissel.  The court concluded that surrogacy contracts are enforceable unless contrary to the child’s best interest. Pre-Birth Parentage Orders Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?  Yes, pre-birth orders are issued, but they are considered “interim” orders. An additional, final, order must be issued after the child’s birth to facilitate obtaining the birth certificate. Can both Intended Parents be…
  • West Virginia

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    WEST VIRGINIA GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WEST VIRGINIA Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in West Virginia by W.VA Code  §61-2-14h(e)(3), which permits “fees and expenses included in any agreement in which a woman agrees to become a surrogate mother.” Pre-Birth Parentage Orders Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?  Yes Can both Intended Parents be declared the legal parents in a pre-birth order if at least one parent is genetically related to the child? Married heterosexual couple using own egg and own sperm: Yes Married heterosexual couple using an egg donor or sperm…
  • Washington

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:31 pm
    WASHINGTON GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WASHINGTON Purely non-compensatory, compassionate Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in Washington by Wash. Rev. Code §26.26.210etseq.  However, all other surrogacy contracts are void and subject to criminal penalties. Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?   No. Parentage is established post-birth, either through an affidavit and a physician’s certificate form (requiring no court intervention) or a post-birth order or an adoption proceeding. Post-Birth Parentage Orders In a compassionate surrogacy case, can both Intended Parents be declared…
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  • El segundo hijo

    Alejandra Ulloa
    22 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Basta con escribir “El segundo hijo” en Google, para encontrar cantidades enormes de artículos serios, tiernos o de franca broma sobre las diferencias de crianza que se dan entre el primer hijo y el que le sigue. En mi experiencia, resultan bastante certeros y comparto sólo un ejemplo: Basta con escribir “El segundo hijo” en Google, para encontrar cantidades enormes de artículos serios, tiernos o de franca broma sobre las diferencias de crianza que se dan entre el primer hijo y el que le sigue.   En mi experiencia, resultan…
  • Madre orgánica y ergonómica

    21 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Después de tanta espera y de un parto así, como de fábula, llegó el momento en que la vida tenía que retornar a lo que en aquel momento llamaba “realidad”; la escuela y sus implicaciones, la casa y sus demandas, mi pareja y nuestras necesidades y esa vida social que entre familia y amigos resultaba muy comprometida. Después de tanta espera y de un parto así, como de fábula, llegó el momento en que la vida tenía que retornar a lo que en aquel momento llamaba “realidad”; la escuela y sus implicaciones, la casa y sus demandas,…
  • No vives de ensalada

    20 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Nos gusta la televisión pero, salvo un par de ocasiones, nunca hemos tenido una por mucho tiempo. Además, recuperarla es sencillo, siempre ha habido amigos que vendan la suya de remate porque se mudan. Nos gusta la televisión pero, salvo un par de ocasiones, nunca hemos tenido una por mucho tiempo. Además, recuperarla es sencillo, siempre ha habido amigos que vendan la suya de remate porque se mudan. De entre estos aparatos recordamos con cariño la Sanyo gris de esquinas redondeadas en la que pudimos ver (y memorizar) episodios de Los…
  • Asuntos inexplicables

    Verónica Nieva
    19 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Hay unas preguntas que de plano me quedo bien callada, para luego balbucear una respuesta, una que responda también a la mamá… Me encanta cuando Regina hace preguntas. Hay preguntas fáciles de responder, como —¿Cuál es tu animal favorito, mamá? —¿Por qué no puedo ir a la escuela el domingo? —¿Papá y tú son novios? Hay otras preguntas a las que respondo después de pensar por un momento en la respuesta y en los términos para que Regina me entienda, como —Mamá, ¿por qué llueve? —¿Qué son las estrellas y por…
  • La rutina y buenos hábitos en tu hijo.

    Laura Cervantes
    18 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita La rutina es una necesidad psicológica que genera estabilidad. Te daré algunos tips para implementar rutinas que generen buenos hábitos a temprana edad. Seguramente te ha pasado que piensas “¡Qué desastre!, no sé ni por dónde empezar! “ o “esto no tiene ni pies ni cabeza, no se entiende nada y está muy confuso”, imagino que las conductas y sentimientos asociadas a estos pensamientos son de caos e incertidumbre. Pues lo mismo le pasa a tu niño si en casa no hay estructuras fijas y predecibles. Es muy importante entender esto…
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  • How to Make an Out of This World Flying Saucer Toy

    Sue Lively
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome back to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! Today I have a super-simple tutorial to make a paper plate flying saucer toy that looks REALLY COOL when it is thrown like a frisbee and will get the kids outside to have some out of this world fun! The great thing about these saucers is that kids as young as preschoolers can make them, and they can be decorated any way the kids want. Cutting and decorating a saucer develops fine-motor skills and playing with it gets kids throwing, running and laughing!  Supplies for the Flying Saucer Toy: 1 paper plate per flying saucer (we used…
  • How to Make Fireworks in a Jar

    Sue Lively
    19 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    My 3 year old, “Onetime” just loves doing “experiments” – especially if they bubble and fizz! Today’s chemistry activity takes about 5 minutes to set up and is well worth the time! This colourful, bubbly, streaming reaction reminds me of mini explosions and so I’ve named it Fireworks in a Jar! Inspiration for Fireworks in a Jar For some reason lately, Onetime and I have been talking a lot about gases and how they are often invisible. In the bathtub, we talk about the bubbles of air, we have pointed out the carbon monoxide detector and discussed why…
  • When Kids Imitate Parents: The Good, the Bad and the Funny!

    Sue Lively
    15 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Do you ever have a day (or days) when you just feel like you’ve done nothing right as a parent?  We all have. We all mess up. Today’s post is for you. Or maybe you’ve been wondering whether your efforts at talking to your kids about your values and actively modelling kindness, empathy, and respect are making an impact at all on them? Trust me. They are. This post is for you too! This is a friendly reminder of the POWERFUL INFLUENCE that we have on our kids – for good, for bad, and in this case…for funny! When kids imitate parents, the results can be hilarious…
  • Victoria Day and Memorial Day Fireworks Painting

    Sue Lively
    11 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Looking for a fun and easy open-ended art project for the kids? With just a few inexpensive supplies, your kids can give our Victoria Day, Canada Day or Memorial Day fireworks painting a try! This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. See our Disclosure for full details.  Fireworks Supplies Black construction paper, bristol board, or a canvas painted ahead of time with black acrylic paint Various colours of “fireworks coloured” paint – we used green, red, white, blue and purple acrylics Paper plates to hold paint A head scratcher (yes that’s what I said!) Note: For…
  • How to Listen Effectively So Your Kids Will Talk

    Sue Lively
    8 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Do your kids start to tell you something about their day and then quickly stop and clam up? Do they say things like, “You don’t understand me!” or “You never LISTEN to me!“? Or, maybe you just always seem to be on different wavelengths when you’re talking? I’ve gathered up 7 expert tips today that will help show you how to listen to your kids so they FEEL heard. These strategies will get them talking more, and are guaranteed to bring you closer – no matter what age your kids are! This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. See our Disclosure…
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  • Mothers Day- The Most Important Holiday of The Year

    Matthew Danieluk
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    A Mother is a Warrior who seeks no riches and serves no king; she battles the world's evils for the safety, happiness and well-being of her children.
  • Advice From The Battlefield: Jake Valentine- Real Dad

    Matthew Danieluk
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    This segment of HSIAD brings the words of other real Dads to the site for public viewing. Our friend Jake had some advice to offer this week, please read Jake’s Advice From The Battlefield. My advice: Answer the damn question! I was eating lunch at a fast food joint with my five-year-old when she asked […]
  • How Policymakers Have Boobed on Breastfeeding Policy – And Formula Companies Cash In

    Matthew Danieluk
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Originally posted on The Politics of Mothering:Before we begin, a get-out clause. If you are not interested in breastfeeding then look away and enjoy your day. I wouldn’t want to chuck any talk of breasts or nipples in your face. Unless, of course, you are involved in public policy which increasingly undermines breastfeeding rates…
  • Breastfeeding- The Jedi Argument

    Matthew Danieluk
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Breastfeeding makes sense guys. Not only is it the oldest and most natural bond between Mother and Child in all of human existence, it is fiscally responsible and second to none in the ‘What is best for my child?’ department. If you are the type of person who blindly ignores CONFIRMED SCIENTIFIC FACT probably re-consider […]
  • 5 Reasons Men are Wimps About Breastfeeding

    Matthew Danieluk
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The first of a series of posts about Breastfeeding. #DadsForBreastfeeding
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  • My Liebster award

    Modern dad
    23 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Being recognized by and nominated by anyone is always a great surprise! I was given this Liebster Award by Mumways thank you very much! These are always a good way to get to know the blogger behind the blog as we don’t really get the chance to know each other personally. So here is my Liebster award…. Enjoy! eBook or book (traditional ones with pages:-)? I personally prefer a book! There is something that just feels right to hold a book and read it with no distractions like notifications Favourite book? Rich dad, Poor dad Tea or Coffee? I prefer coffee (Canadians EH) What do you…
  • I can see why kids like playing Minecraft

    Modern dad
    22 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Playing Minecraft for a couple of hours with the boys I now know what they see in it and why it’s such a hugely popular game. Here’s my low down on Minecraft! Minecraft is a continuous game filled with blocks and is a completely open world for them to create and destroy if they so wish. There is absolutely no goal to Minecraft other than their imaginations which is not necessarily a bad thing as far as video games go! In Minecraft there are many types of block and textures. Minecraft has animals and villages filled with villagers. When night falls there are what they called mobs…
  • #foodpornthursday May, 20, 2015

    Modern dad
    20 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Welcome to another addition of #foodpornthursdays with your hosts Domesticated Momster, Cuddle Fairy, and Modern Dad Pages. This linky is all about your most seductive delicious recipes that will not only lead our taste buds into temptation but deliver us right into a food coma! For those of you who aren’t quite certain how to hook up to a linky please visit here. It’s a wonderful and helpful piece written by Becky at Cuddle Fairy and will explain, in detail, exactly what to do. Linkys are a great way to get new readers to your blog and also to discover new blogs! * The linky will…
  • #wineandboobs May, 19, 2015

    Modern dad
    19 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    First of all I would like to thank all of you who link up on #wineandboobs! It means a lot to me that you take a few minutes of you time to link up with me each week and read a few posts and I hope that you are enjoying the content. I love to read all of your posts each week! Let me know if you like the music and I will make a playlist up instead of one song Vlogger’s are most welcome to link up too All posts will be commented and shared on Twitter, Facebook and on Google+ This weeks #wineandboobs theme will be… “my favorite 2 posts”!  We all have posts that we are…
  • #foodpornthursdays May, 13, 2015

    Modern dad
    13 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Welcome to #foodpornthursdays!! This linky is all about sexy tasty recipes & sharing the blogging love! I’m delighted to be co-hosting with Becky from Cuddle Fairy & Trista at Domesticated Momster. We are an international team & together hope to make this a great linky for swapping partners recipes. The linky will be open from: 6am Thursday to 8am Monday (Irish Time) 10pm Wednesday to 12 midnight Sunday (PST)….. Like I said, we are an international team Post whatever type of recipe you like, and as many as you want! The three of us will comment on every post and share…
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  • Kaleidoscope of Kisses Guaranteed to Transform Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    15 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Consider yourself kissed!  Today is “K” in the alchemical alphabet. I am completely delighted to be celebrating “K” in the alchemical alphabet by starting a new tradition of gift-giving  from The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space. Kisses from your True Self are simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you. The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like! During class I send these out DAILY, and my students…
  • 12 Steps To The Sacred Journey Of Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    12 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    In celebration of my 100th post (YAY!!!), I invite you into the remarkable adventure of exploring the Hero’s Journey in your life. There is a pattern in all the great stories of the world that are really one story – one monomyth, with different faces.  This is the hero’s story – the sacred journey of your life. Moms, in light of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this to you and the profound process of entering new parenthood.  I offer you two short videos, one easy infographic and one condensed list.  My bet is that taking a few minutes with one (or all) of these…
  • Inspire Your Life With This Valuable Invitation

    Christy Harvey
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Your invitation to inspiration has arrived!  Did you know the meaning of the word inspire means, literally, to breathe life into?  Join the adventure with the magical letter “I” in our awesome alchemical alphabet through an incredible poem (some might even say incantation) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  I challenge you to let the words soak into your soul and inspire your own relationship with your uniquely beautiful and potent self. Will you accept this invitation to inspire your life? I want to know!Click To Tweet The Invitation  It doesn’t interest me what you do…
  • How To Honor Your Deepest Truth Now

    Christy Harvey
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I know you bring your heart and soul forward to honor other worthy people, but do you do this for yourself? It’s time to learn the essential elements you need to honor your deepest truth. The first and most important tool is honesty. Hiding from or ignoring the way you feel won’t protect you. It can prevent you from gathering the help and information you need to feel as healthy and whole as possible. Bringing your awareness to what you are dealing with and how you feel from the inside out is incredibly empowering. Give yourself total permission to actually know how you feel. Ask…
  • Get In Touch With The Genius Of Being Genuine

    Christy Harvey
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    You embody genuine genius.  Yes, you.  Need proof? Check out this definition from Mirriam-Webster: a peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit; a personification or embodiment, especially of a quality or condition.  That’s right.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you are overflowing with intellectual capacity – although that may absolutely be the case. Your genius is available as a gift to the world every time you are being genuine.  How many times have you hidden your peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit? Thousands?  More? I know I…
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  • The Things We Remember

    Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson
    21 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    I’ve struggled with how our choices will affect our kids in the long run, and like any mom I dwell on the various ways I may or may not have messed them up.
  • Boot Campaign

    Boot Campaign
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    With much of today’s media coverage of the military being graphic and somewhat scary for kids, Burleson believes providing positive opportunities to meet service members is important for establishing a healthy sense of national pride.
  • My Mom, My Very First Gift

    Amy Challenger
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I am the child of my mom. I came here through her, and long ago she carried me, and she looked at me with hope. She held my neck so that it wouldn’t break, she fed me, and she sang to me.
  • I’m Not Me Without Them

    Alyssa Pera
    20 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    I realized that I’m not me without them—all the women who have been and will be in my life. The women who’ve known me since childhood, for many years, or for just a few months. The women who’ve shared laughs, clothes, drinks, rants, insecurities, tears, hand sanitizer, and evites.
  • Starter Series – Red Ants Pants

    Team Mamalode
    20 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    An interview with the founder of Red Ants Pants - work pants for women.
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  • A Humbling Lesson from Nepal

    12 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Video Credit: singhgurpreet On April 25th, a devastating earthquake of magnitude-7.8 rocked Nepal, injuring and killing thousands of innocent children …Continue reading →
  • My Wish on Mother’s Day

    10 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Anyone can have a child, but it takes the true spirit, kindness, patience, and love of a mother to raise …Continue reading →
  • Happy Rock Star Mother’s Day

    10 May 2015 | 11:43 am
  • Dealing with Children Who Won’t Eat

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    I hear far too many parents who are stressed out and deeply concerned about their children’s nutrition. Many of them …Continue reading →
  • When in doubt…

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    We came across this by SmartMom and we just had to share it.. You are making the right decisions!  
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  • When You Just Want To Quit Being A Mom

    Nikita Mankani
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    We feel strongly about how difficult being a mother is. And yes, we also feel that it’s one of the best feelings in the world. Sometimes, however, it just gets a little too hard, but at the end of the day, you’re an awesome mommy! Daily Tasks And Routines: Image credit: Your kids may wake up at the crack of dawn, which means that’s when you have to wake up. They can’t start their day without you because they need you. So, you do your best to cook, clean, entertain, teach, and take them places because that’s what moms do. You also have to deal with the boo-boos, crying, and…
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) In Teens – Everything You Need To Know

    Manjiri Kochrekar
    22 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Image : Shutterstock Does your teen suffer from irregular periods? Does she experience excess hair growth on certain parts of her body? If you answered yes, you might want to read our post. Your dear daughter may suffer from the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. What is PCOS? How do you spot it? How do you treat it? Read our post to get answers here. What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition among teens. PCOS occurs due to the development of small cysts or fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries. It causes a range of symptoms, such as irregular…
  • Top 10 Pegasus Coloring Pages For Toddlers

    22 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    Does your child love mythical creatures? Does the majestic Pegasus fascinate him? Does he dream of riding Pegasus to reach mysterious regions and labyrinths of his imagination? If this sounds like your little munchkin, our post is just right for you. Here we list some stunning Pegasus-themed coloring sheets that will occupy your little one for hours. Pegasus is the immortal flying horse in Greek mythology. He sprang forth from the neck of the Gorgon Medusa when Perseus beheads her. Later, the Greek hero Bellerophon captures and tames Pegasus to fight the Chimera and the Amazons. Bellerophon…
  • 5 Quick And Easy Meals For New Moms

    Debolina Raja Gupta
    21 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Image : Shutterstock Are you a new mom and you just got back home with your newest family member? Or are you about to have your baby but want to try out some easy and healthy recipes before her birth? If these are questions that you keep dwelling on, dwell no more. Read our post and learn about some simple meals for new moms. As a new mom you will be hard pressed for time. It will be difficult for you to make meals while caring for a newborn. However, it is also important that you take care of what you eat and that you eat on time. Check out our easy meal recommendations to ensure you eat at…
  • 10 Cute Popeye Coloring Pages For Your Little Ones

    21 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    Does your child love Popeye? Are you looking for some Popeye-themed coloring sheets for your little one? Then look no further! Here is our compilation of 10 of the most popular Popeye-themed coloring pages. Popeye needs no introduction. Elzie Crisler created Popeye, who became an instant hit within a few days of its first publication in the Thimble Theatre. The lanky Popeye remains an icon for kids all over the world. Let’s look at some coloring sheets featuring Popeye, Bluto, Wimpy and other characters and scenes from the comic strip. 1. The Gang: Here is a coloring sheet of the Popeye…
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  • Real Food for Real Families

    Michelle Okabayashi
    22 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    I became a Pampered Chef consultant this month. If someone told me I’d be doing this even six months ago, I’d probably tell my friend to shut up. All our journeys take surprising turns that make sense in retrospect. So, here’s the backstory: Ken and I enjoy food and I’ve always enjoyed cooking. I’m also very interested in how what we eat affects us. In the fall of 2013, around the time J was diagnosed with autism, I began seriously looking into various diets and how they could help. I have seen how diets like Feingold can be game changers for some kids. So, after quite a bit of…
  • Being Present

    Michelle Okabayashi
    5 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    After an exciting weekend of breaking in a new scooter, waffles from his favorite restaurant, a kid’s play, the farmer’s market, and a trip to a really cool playground, I asked J what was his favorite thing from the weekend. He replied, “cutting carrots with mommy.” We had made applesauce carrot muffins together in what I thought was a near disaster (as cooking with toddlers always is). I was impatient and losing my cool as S and J threw flour and fought about who could stir. They took turns putting carrots into the food processor (in the chute, while it was off). J ran away every…
  • What I want to tell my kids about #Baltimore

    Michelle Okabayashi
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    My kids are too young to understand and ask questions about what’s happened in Baltimore, but know the day will come and it will be here sooner than I think. Right now, my sphere of influence is small, but my job is big. I have these two little people who will one day be adults in the world. How can I teach them so they will be ready for it? I want them to be a part of the solution that stops this spinning wheel of oppression and violence, instead of mindlessly pushing it down the road as it has been for far too long. I know that as biracial kids, they are going to experience the world very…
  • Helping Nepal and Giving Wisely

    Michelle Okabayashi
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Along with so many others, my heart is breaking for Nepal. When images of unfathomable disaster come across our screens, we just want to help relieve the suffering we see in any way we can. I’ve spent most of my career working for international organizations that have disaster response as part of their portfolios. And through these years I’ve seen a lot of well-meaning people send their hard-earned money to organizations that don’t deliver what they promise. I’ve also seen a lot of good intentions make things worse. So, with that in mind, I offer four qualities that I look for in…
  • Pizza, Love, and Marriage

    Michelle Okabayashi
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
      Pizza helps keep us together. Seriously. We both love it. We started making it for ourselves at some point in our dating relationship. It soon became a Sunday night ritual that we keep to this day. If we miss our pizza night, we feel “off” as a couple. Making pizza is our thing. Certainly, more than pizza holds us together. (One would hope!) Cooking together helps us reconnect and remember ourselves in the midst of the madness that is life. Our study of pizza has been quite extensive. We’ve eaten everything from dollar slices to historic pies to gourmet. We’ve taken Scott’s…
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  • Post Adoptive Advice For Parents

    20 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Adoption, like the birth of a child, is a joyful time, as you welcome a new member of your family into your home. However, also like childbirth, all types of adoption can sometimes trigger a form of depression that can hinder your ability to bond with your child. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to fight post adoption depression and build a strong, lifelong relationship with your child. Build A Support System Bringing an adopted child home is a life-changing event. With it will come a period of adjustment that will affect every area of your life. During this time, your…
  • Understanding Infant Domestic Adoption: The FAQs

    8 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Every single year, there are more than 20,000 infants who are placed for adoption right here in the United States. Infant domestic adoption can give these children loving, forever families where they can thrive. We find that many families considering this type of adoption approach it with questions and concerns that, when addressed, make the process much clearer and less uncertain. Following are some of the more common questions about infant domestic adoption. Once you understand what this type of adoption is, you can more clearly consider whether it might be a good fit for your family. Who…
  • Domestic Adoption Trends in the United States

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Every year, more than a hundred thousand children receive the blessing of a permanent, loving family through the process of adoption. In 2007 alone, more than 136,000 children were adopted. Domestic adoption, either through private agencies or through foster care, comprises more than two-thirds of this total number. Unfortunately, domestic adoption has also suffered from a number of misconceptions that do not accurately reflect what the process is and who it involves. Following are a few of the latest trends in domestic adoption. Gaining an understanding of these trends might help you to…
  • Make a Date with Big Give SA: May 5

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
      The Big Give SA is a 24-hour day of giving to local nonprofits. The purpose is to increase public awareness of the impact of local nonprofits make in addressing our community’s social challenges. In addition to all donations made on May 5th, Providence Place could qualify for up to 7 different incentive prizes totaling over $23,000. Your gift, no matter the amount, can make a difference! With your help, we are able to comfort and help expectant mothers facing unexpected pregnancy, adoptive couples  wanting to share their love with a child and young adults with disabilities…
  • What Do Adoption Agencies Look for in an Adoptive Couple?

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    A common obstacle that prevents couples from entering the adoption process is a lack of confidence that they have what an adoption agency is looking for. Part of the reason for this lack of confidence is a misconception about the characteristics that make for a successful adoptive couple. For instance, one myth is that adoption agencies require families to be wealthy, or to own their own homes, or to maintain a perfect house before they can adopt. The truth is that through the application, home study, interview and other steps of the adoption process, adoption agencies look much deeper than a…
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  • Wonder Woman’s Movie Outfit – Latest Images

    Man Vs Pink
    16 May 2015 | 12:15 am
    While a gloomy image of Gal Gadot in her actual movie costume was posted last year, the colours were so muted it was difficult to have an idea of what it might actually look like in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (although this being Zack Snyder, that might be exactly how it looks!). Some images of promo/production artwork have been surfacing in recent weeks (thanks to Latino Review’s “El Mayimbe,” aka Umberto Gonzalez), that give us an idea how the outfit might look if not almost totally desaturated of colour and presented in sepia. What do you think?
  • ‘Black Angel’, the Film That WASN’T The Empire Strikes Back

    Man Vs Pink
    15 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    This short film – which has just been uploaded to You Tube – represents one of the most traumatic experiences of my childhood (up there with the time I was run over by a lorry). Picture this. It’s 1980. You’re 9 years old. You’ve been Star Wars obsessed since 1977 when the original film came out. They’ve made a sequel after a long wait (3 years was an eternity at that age), and you are delirious with excitement. Your older brother takes you to to the cinema to see it. After the endless trailers and Pearl & Dean adverts, the lights finally dim, the…
  • When You Grow Up, I Want You To Be a Voter

    Man Vs Pink
    7 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    This morning I walked my daughter to her nursery as I normally do on Thursdays, but we took a bit of a diversion. In fact we walked in the opposite direction. I wanted her to come with me as I voted. She’s 3, and she usually picks up far more than I imagine she can, so I tend to talk to her about everything. I explained why we vote, talked through the process of voting as I did it, from picking up my ballot paper, marking it, and posting them (district and borough councils too) in to the appropriate boxes. ‘When You Grow Up, I Want You To Be a Voter’ You see, there are many…
  • Supergirl Gets CBS Series

    Man Vs Pink
    6 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Man Vs Pink:I really hope this is a good show, and that it’s a hit so it can undermine the notion that there isn’t an audience for film & TV with female superheroes. Follow my blog with Bloglovin Originally posted on TIME: It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane. It’s Superman. No wait, it’s Supergirl! And she’s officially landing a series order at CBS. The new series stars Glee alum Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24,…
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Vanity Fair Photos

    Man Vs Pink
    5 May 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Photos: The Cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Vanity Fair Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Dashing…
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  • Co-parenting – The Ideal Situation

    Crystal Pittman
    18 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    How do parents – married or divorced – manage to be consistent in their ways of parenting and raise confident, inspiring children? How can you feel influential as a parent? These are some queries that only concerned parents can understand and care about. The parents who put in all the effort to maintain a healthy and friendly relationship with their child. If you observe your child is anxious, confused and dismayed then you should know your inconsistent parenting ways and rules could be the possible reason for such behavior. Basically, it’s the parents’ responsibility to create a…
  • Why Educating Parents Is Necessary In The Modern World?

    Crystal Pittman
    15 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Parents are the most important influence in their children’s lives. Majority of the children look up to their parents in every field of their lives. They observe their parents .How do they handle situations? How do they dress? Their speaking style? Sometimes the children adopt the same habits and style that their parents possess. You can always see a glimpse of a father in his son and a daughter always reflects her mother. There is an innate bond between parents and children so maximum advantage of this bond should be taken to influence your child and help him make a better person and a…
  • Three Basic Parenting Style

    Crystal Pittman
    4 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Parenting can be defined as the process of supporting a child’s social, physical, financial and intellectual development from infant to adulthood. Parenting basically refers of how to raise a child. Parenting can not only be done by parents, but also by elder siblings, grandparents, and legal guardian. There are not any specific rules through which parenting can be learned, it is natural. Parents can take assistance and advice regarding parenting from several people. Cultural values play an important role of how a parent up brings his child. Parents can take help from parenting styles to…
  • Four Letter Words Every Parent Should Use

    Crystal Pittman
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Controlling children has never been something easy. The minds of children are still developing and hence they are in an underdeveloped state due which the parents are not able to rear them. Their personality traits are quite challenging and they change with time, the parents have to embrace all those changes. Parents should promote the healthy development of their children. Most of the parents only focus on the intellectual development of their children and they don’t pay heed to their psychological development at all which is very important. Now what parents need to do is to help their…
  • How To Get More Sleep When You Are A New Parent?

    Crystal Pittman
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The most amazing thing in this world for a couple is to experience child birth and becoming a parent. Parenting can be wonderful at so many different levels. Although becoming a parent is one of the most wonderful experiences but there are certain worries that come along and they might turn in to bigger problems if not taken care of or if not dealt with at the right time. However, one of the most disturbing issues reported by all parents is the fact that they feel sleep deprived. It is one of the issues when it comes to parenting, especially with a new born. The parents have to stay up strict…
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  • How movies teach manhood – video

    22 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    How movies teach manhood – video When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of “Star Wars,” he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain. The director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, Colin Stokes thinks deeply about the media he shares with his two young children. Colin Stokes divides his time between parenting and building the brand of Citizen Schools, a…
  • Martha Sears, Co-creator of Baby Sleep Training Guides and Controversy

    22 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    Martha Sears is an American Registered Nurse, an author, a wife, and most importantly, a mother of eight. When you google her name, it’s like being transported back to the 1950’s, where she only appears as the wife and co-author of Dr. William Sears. But we all know who does the majority of the actual work in hospitals, and most often it’s not who claims the most credit or gets paid the most. However, the Sears’ co-authored books do a good job in leaving the one-size-fits-all authoritarian parenting methods of the 1950’s behind. Although she is the co-author of…
  • Quote break

    20 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    “I grew up with that completely fictive idea of motherhood, where the mother never strayed from the kitchen. All the women in my books are very afraid that if they do anything with their minds they won’t be complete women. I don’t think my daughters’ generation has that feeling.” A. S. Byatt, or Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, an English novelist and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 The post Quote break appeared first on Why we think about motherhood the way we do.
  • The Biological Clock Ticks Faster than Most Think

    20 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    “Though it seems hard to believe, the biological clock begins ticking before female babies are even born.”  Dr. Marie Savard In researching this subject, I found that some young women today are still unaware that you cannot have a baby too late in life. But there is an unalterable number of oocytes (eggs) with which a woman is born. Techniques to aid in in conception, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and hormone treatments, cannot change the fact that her eggs are depleted and are of a lower quality later in life. Many factors are involved in fertility as a woman ages. Facts…
  • “Nature placed the female testicles internally. (…)” – Errors from the Past, 1564

    19 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    “Nature placed the female testicles internally. … Woman is a most arrogant and extremely intractable animal; and she would be worse if she came to realize that she is no less perfect and no less fit to wear breeches than man. … I believe that is why nature, did so in such a way as to keep her from perceiving and ascertaining her sufficient perfection. On the contrary … to check woman’s continual desire to dominate, nature arranged things so that every time she thinks of her supposed lack, she may be humbled and shamed. “ Borgarucci, Delia contemplatione anatomica sopra…
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  • Can iMessage be tracked? This is not a question anymore

    Aly Anderson
    20 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    The moment your teenage daughter or son starts using iPhone, joy overtakes them but there are parents who start worrying. iMessage is just not everyday text messaging. It is equipped with countless features that make your son or daughter stay glued to the iPhone. While, it might be a source of fun for them, it is also a source of potential harm. One’s joy is another’s worry: It is true when it comes to parents as teenagers play with the smartphones and have fun, parents stay in constant state of distress and restlessness. It is not because they do not want to see their children happy.
  • 3 most dangerous and frightening apps to block on your child’s phone

    Zoey Nav
    13 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    A rise in web-based products has packed multiple social, photo-sharing, and instant messaging applications, mostly from un-trusted publishers. Even if the source is trusted, guaranteeing complete personal information safety, no one knows for sure what future holds for your child. Believe it or not, a picture uploaded on web never gets off even if you delete it. There is always a server keeping logs somewhere in the world for the developer. Suffice to say, you as a parent can never be sure where your child shares photos and in-appropriate pictures and with whom. Have a look at the three most…
  • Three awesome ways for the treatment of tech addiction amongst teenagers

    Aly Anderson
    13 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Nowadays, teenagers are a complete mess when it comes to pursuing technological gadgets, not realizing their parameters. Offers by tech companies, be in shape of apps, games, photo apps, and the like all add up to offers like entertainment. It’s very easy to say that with all these apps offered by various tech geeks, kids eventually forget unintentionally that their usage knows no limits (just the way as one would perceive and like). Addiction in this case would be constant use of mobile phone based apps and various other entertainment means that attract and glue kids to their mobile…
  • How to build a parenting style you can be proud of?

    Zoey Nav
    9 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Psychologists working in developmental sciences are interested in working out a relationship on parenting styles and its impact on offspring. However, to pin point a certain cue is very difficult although thousands of studies have been conducted in this area, questions still arise from deviations. Like for instance children raised in different environments have more or less similarity in their personalities whereas children in similar environments grow up to be quite different from each other. Social and developmental psychologist Diana provides some directions for parenting styles and areas…
  • What everybody ought to know about aggression in children?

    Aly Anderson
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    Aggression is characterized by loss of self-control, irritability, severe outbursts of anger even at minor issues. Although people think aggression means hitting and causing physical harm. Aggression is also when your child starts shouting and yelling or even crying out loudly. Aggression in children is of two types: Proactive aggression and reactive aggression. Proactive aggression is when a child anticipates a threat and exhibits aggressive behavior to combat it. Reactive aggression is when a child actually experiences a threat like some other kid snatching away his toy, he becomes…
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  • Strawberry Peach Smoothie Recipe and Review: Forks Over Knives Cookbook Project

    14 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Make sure you use the freshest strawberries and peaches in this one and freeze them yourself. I find that the frozen peaches are often lacking in flavor. The strawberry peach smoothie is a refreshing summer treat. It is perfectly sweetened with the right amount of dates. Just make sure you are using fresh dates or you soak them for a couple hours first so you don’t end up with large date chunks in your drink. The only thing I would change would be that I would have more fruit and less almond milk. The milk kind of overpowered the fruit flavors. I think that changing the ratio of fruit to…
  • FREE Coconut Milk! (How I got 5 free So Delicious Dairy Free Products)

    10 May 2015 | 11:54 pm
    You can say that I am addicted to couponing and I love it when I find a great deal, but it is the best when I am able to purchase a product for free. I had never tried the So Delicious Dairy Free brand before, but I am now a fan of their ice cream (which these saving work on too but it just won’t be free) and coffee creamer (free). I have not tried their coconut milk yet but I am trying to eat healthier and preferably vegan so I’m up for trying free vegan healthy food. What do I have to lose? So how did I do it? First: has $1.00 off any So Delicious Dairy Free coupon that can…
  • Daily Prayer with Toddlers (6 Tips to Make it Possible)

    6 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
      I understand that saying prayers with young children may seem like a daunting task. After all, they have short attention spans and a ton of energy. It also doesn’t help that their young minds are not yet able to fully comprehend God and why we are praying to him. However, you can make daily prayer with toddlers a reality and even have them fall in love with prayer and fall in love with God.   Make prayer an unquestionable and important part of life from the beginning If you wait until you feel that they are old enough to fully understand, then they will be old enough to question…
  • Vanilla Bean Whip: Forks Over Knives Cookbook Project

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Nope. Just nope. Don’t waste your time or ingredients on this recipe. It had a really odd lemon tofu taste and was not that sweet despite the entire half of a cup of maple syrup. The author states that it so good that you would want to top everything with it but the only thing I wanted to top with this whip was the trash. I’m sorry but I couldn’t even make the picture of it look good. I don’t mean to be so negative but I would like to save you the time and money by telling you that it honestly was disgusting. Have you tried this recipe? If so, what did you think of it? Let us know in…
  • Breakfast Rancheros: Forks Over Knives Cookbook Project

    7 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    If you have read the review for the breakfast scramble recipe that is also from the Forks over Knives Cookbook, then you would already know that I did not particularly like it and that I thought it was not worth the effort. That being said, the breakfast rancheros are just the breakfast scramble in tortillas with an added tomato and jalapeno sauce you have to make. So if you liked that recipe then you will likely enjoy this one too. In my opinion, the sauce was zesty and spicy and complimented the scramble very well. Also, eating the breakfast scramble wrapped in a tortilla was more enjoyable…
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  • Budget Saving Tips For Families

    23 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Tweet When you have a family big or small saving money is and always should be a top priority. Here are some budget saving tips for families that are sure help put some money in your pocket.   Buy food in bulk. I know the initial expense can be costly but in the long run it will pay off. Ground beef has gotten pretty expensive along with everything else at the store. I usually get a 5 pound supply and split it up into 3 equal portions. I use 1 for beef tacos, 1 for meat loaf, and 1 for hamburgers. I also will also buy angus at Sams and cut it in half. I will usually make a roast out of…
  • Cartoons I Grew Up With

    20 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Tweet So as i was thinking up my last list of TV Shows I Grew Up With. I got to thinking about all the great cartoons i had growing up. Here is a list of my top cartoons i grew up with.   Get Along Gang. The story was about 12 friends as they try to win a scavenger hunt. Although the cartoon only aired for a short bit of time with only 14 total episodes. I remember watching this as part of my Saturday morning cartoons.       Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers. Two chipmunks start a detective agency called the rescue rangers. This show cast Chip N’ Dale in a new role…
  • TV Shows I Grew Up With

    17 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Tweet I have so many great memories of growing up. Most of my Friday Nights and Saturday Mornings were spent watching some of my favorite TV Shows here is a list of  my top TV shows i grew up with.   The Wonder Years. I was absolutely glued into this childhood romance between Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper along with best friend Paul Pheiffer, and Goofy Older Brother Wayne. This showed aired on ABC. The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburb from 1968 to 1973, covering the ages of 12 through 17. Each year in the series takes place exactly 20…
  • Reinforce School Lessons At Home For Better Learning

    15 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Tweet Reinforce School Lessons at Home for Better Learning As an adult, you may know that lessons learned in high school or college can quickly go by the wayside. Studies have shown that children struggling in school score higher on achievement tests in June than they do at the end of the traditional summer break. Even more concerning are findings that indicate how these learning losses can add up with each passing year. In fact, by the time they reach middle school, some students may experience a 2-year lag in reading achievement. Even during shorter “breaks,” parents should stimulate…
  • How To Help Children Become Active Readers

    15 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Tweet How to Help Children Become Active Readers Most parents understand the value of sharing reading experiences with their child. However, not all realize that the way they read to their little one, and even how they interact with their child during playtime, can impact learning.  Parents can help grow literacy skills while teaching their child to draw, play catch or count numbers. What’s most important is making these experiences fun, engaging and memorable. “The more children interact with reading material, the more active and confident readers they become,” says Dr. Carolyn…
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