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  • 3 ways to better communicate with your teenager
    Jen Williams
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Teenagers are those mysterious creatures that parents who don’t have them, yet, often hear about from parents who did have them at one time, and who parents currently dealing with teens seem at a loss for answers about. If you find yourself anxious about the teen years with your children, or if you have them... [read more]
  • The Dutch Have No Word For 'Museum Hands'

    Daddy Types
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Donald Judd, Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973,, acquired 1979 A few years ago I was on a panel at an art fair in Rotterdam. Museums across the city stayed open all night, so we went to the Boijmans...
  • 12 reader tips for helping baby wake up happy

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    Andrea Updyke
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    by Andrea Updyke posted in Mom Stories This post is sponsored by Pampers They say it takes a village to raise a child. I have never felt this to be more true than when I had my first baby. I had to learn everything from nothing, like all first time parents, and I was constantly... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Plea accepted in embassy bombings case

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Judge accepts Egyptian lawyer's guilty plea in 1998 blasts of two U.S. embassies.
  • CDC Probing Kids' Paralysis Cases

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Enterovirus D68 may be culprit in Colorado cases.
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • 12 reader tips for helping baby wake up happy

    Andrea Updyke
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    by Andrea Updyke posted in Mom Stories This post is sponsored by Pampers They say it takes a village to raise a child. I have never felt this to be more true than when I had my first baby. I had to learn everything from nothing, like all first time parents, and I was constantly... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Dear mom of the screeching toddler: please make it stop

    Denise Cortes
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories As I stood in line for my iced mocha latte and pumpkin beignets, I heard it. An ear-splitting screech that echoed off the walls at the happiest place on Earth. I turned around and searched for the source and didn't see anything or anyone. Then I heard it... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Goodnight Daniel Tiger

    BabyCenter Featured Expert
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    by BabyCenter Featured Expert posted in Products & Prizes By Angela Santomero This post is part of a sponsorship with Jakks Pacific Toys As a mom, I've always used Julie Ross's Parenting Strategies from her book, Practical Parenting for the 21st Century.  The basic premise is empathetic communication which goes something like this:  "When... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • What do you do when your kid has a milestone delay?

    Jenni Buckley
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    by Jenni Buckley posted in Mom Stories One of the most uncomfortable moments that occurs when I meet another mom for the first time is when they ask me questions about my kids' milestones achievements. It's not that it's a personal question, it just seems like I'm being baited into some kind of milestone contest.... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 5 Tips on how to deal with friend’s annoying kid

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Tips & Tricks Some kids can be very annoying. They may kick, scream, and sometimes say very inappropriate things. Heck, they'll even destroy the house, if you let them. But, who wants to be told that their child is annoying? How do you keep that annoying child from negatively influencing... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Plea accepted in embassy bombings case

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Judge accepts Egyptian lawyer's guilty plea in 1998 blasts of two U.S. embassies.
  • Hong Kong chief says voting beats watching TV

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.
  • Texas patient confirmed as first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    CDC director: “I have no doubt we’ll stop this disease dead in its tracks in the U.S."
  • Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...
  • U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House, while details emerged of a separate security lapse involving an armed contractor who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting Obama had failed on Sept. ...
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    Daddy Types

  • The Dutch Have No Word For 'Museum Hands'

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Donald Judd, Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973,, acquired 1979 A few years ago I was on a panel at an art fair in Rotterdam. Museums across the city stayed open all night, so we went to the Boijmans...
  • RIOT

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Christopher Wool took this photo of his 1991 painting RIOT installed in his collector's Los Angeles home in 1997. Which means that kid has already DJ'd at like three Coachellas by now. Christopher Wool >> Images []...
  • The J. Crew Baby Cashmere Skull Sweater Of No Return

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Look on my J. Crew cashmere baby sweater with a skull & halo knitted into it, ye shoppers, and despair For if ye buy the wrong size, ye are screwed, for there is no return or exchange On the...
  • 'Cradle,' Foam Sculpture By John Chamberlain

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    This is extraordinary, and something of a mystery, at least to me. John Chamberlain was best known for his abstract sculptures made from contorted car parts, but in the late 60s-1970, he also made an amazing series of foam...
  • Richard Neutra Bunkbeds Are Back In Stock

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Kids! They just keep growing up. The bunkbeds Richard Neutra designed in 1959 for the Singleton House in Bel-Air, which got ripped out by Vidal Sassoon's upgrade-mad wife, and sold in 2009, have apparently been outgrown, and are heading...
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  • The Magic of Odysseo by Cavalia

    D. Taylor
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    My oldest and I had the chance to see the Cavalia show years ago when they came through Denver and all these years later she still has the little stuffed horse from the show in her room and vivid memories of the performers, musicians and, of course, the stunning horses and terrific stage production. When I learned that Cavalia was coming through Denver again, but this time with a new show called Odysseo, I was determined to not just have my oldest see it again — she’s now just a few weeks shy of 18 — but also have my younger daughter, 10, see it too. And Odysseo knocked our…
  • Smart College Alternative: Online with Western Governors University

    Dave Taylor
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I like college. In fact, I have a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from UCSD, a Masters in Education from Purdue University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business. You can glean that from my LinkedIn profile, but what few people know is that I earned my MBA through the Merrick online program, completing the first year while we were wrapping up our life in California and the second year of the program while settling down in our new home in Boulder, Colorado. Had I have pursued a more traditional MBA with a ground-based program…
  • Hanging with 103 Dads at The At-Home Dads Convention

    Dave Taylor
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Last year I spent an afternoon at the At-Home Dads Convention and enjoyed the chance to meet a number of passionate dads who had opted to stay home and raise their children while their wives focused on careers and bringing home the proverbial bacon. A role reversal from the traditional male/female roles in a family, for sure. This year when the 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention was again going to be in Denver, I proposed a talk about online and Internet safety and put the convention on my calendar. I’m not really an “at-home dad” but I do work out of my house. The…
  • Corn Maze Season is Coming at Anderson Farms

    Dave Taylor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Every autumn I look forward to the majesty of the trees changing, the cool evenings and, yes, the snow. I’m not much of a skier (give me a beach any day of the week) but there’s something about waking up and looking out the window to see the neighborhood covered in that white stuff, icicles hanging from the eaves and everyone bundled up in their scarves and hats! It also means that it’s coming up on Halloween, something that I admit my kids like more than I do nowadays. But still, that’s fun too, all the little munchkins in their outfits unwittingly playing out…
  • Back to College Starts with Walmart’s Best Plans

    D. Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you’re a diligent reader of this blog, you’ll be saying “hey, wait a sec! your oldest is in 12th grade, not college! what the deuce are you talking about with back to college?” And you’d be spot on. I’m writing about the cheapest wireless plans, perfect for families — or students! — on a tight budget. The phone of choice: The slick Nokia Lumia 521, available at your local Walmart for a bargain $49.88. Just look for all the blue… With a high school senior in the house, not a day goes by without some discussion that’s related to…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • October Is National Crime Prevention Month: Enter to Win a Crime Prevention Prize Pack from Master Lock + a $50 Visa Gift Card! #LSSS

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    October may be best known for Halloween, but it’s also a month on which we focus on crime prevention. Fortunately, Master Lock has an enormous selection of products to help you protect your home, belongings and, most important, those you love. From door locks to bicycle cables to padlocks and more, Master Lock has just about anything you can imagine to help deter thieves and maximize safety. To celebrate this very important month, Master Lock is offering a fantastic prize pack. One lucky winner on this blog will receive the following from Master Lock!1548DCM – Lock best used on backpacks,…
  • Graham Blanchard Celebrates Its 1st Birthday by Publishing The Learn, Absorb & Praise™ Classic Collection (GIVEAWAY)

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I am honored to be a Mom Mentor with Graham Blanchard, the only publisher that specializes in board books that help parents teach their kids about God from the earliest ages! In the past year, Graham Blanchard has published nine titles, as well as more than 70 websites and blogs written by Christian parents, teachers and pastors. Graham Blanchard books fall into three unique categories: Learn, Absorb & Praise™.Learn ~ These books dig into the Bible, weaving key quoted passages with a child’s life, using colorful photographs and supportive text.Absorb ~ These books connect studies…
  • Winners for the Week of September 21, 2014

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Google Chromecast from Republic WirelessCongratulations to the winners: James R., Tabathia B., and Debra H.!Premier Bundle Pack of LEVEL Life Protein Bars & Shakes ($60 Value)Congratulations to the winner: CJ S.!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 27, 2014)

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Are you ready for another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky? If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the list below and tell all your Facebook and Twitter followers about this page. If you're just here to try to win some great prizes, check back often for new additions! And don't forget to enter the giveaways listed on my right sidebar. Hope you're enjoying some beautiful autumn weather!
  • Take the Turtles to Lunch with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles GladWare from Target! (GIVEAWAY)

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    When my two oldest boys, now in their early twenties, were in elementary school, they were crazy about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We had all the action figures and videos, and “Cowabunga, Dude!” was commonly heard in our house. So, I was shocked to find that these heroic turtles are still hot with kids today! When we were making plans to go to the movie theater recently, my 10-year-old boys insisted that we see the new Ninja Turtles movie. My oldest son went with us to see it for the second time! Yes, everybody loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now you can find them on…
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  • Get the Makeup Look from Steven Alan’s Spring 2015 Presentation

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    MAKEUP ARTIST KATEY DENNO AND MODEL; IMAGE: COURTESY OF BURT’S BEES We loved the celebration of the button-up shirt at Steven Alan‘s 20th anniversary collection for Spring 2015. Models looked effortlessly cool with their shirt-inspired looks and youthful makeup. Steven Alan’s shared vision of natural beauty was the perfect complement to the Burt’s Bees notion that nature is the original color expert. With this in mind, makeup artist Katey Denno created a beauty look that focused on youthful makeup with an emphasis on lips. Denno ensured models were glowing by using…
  • Our 5 NYFW Musts: How We Go from Morning to Night

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Fashion Week tends to be jam-packed for many editors, bloggers, buyers and stylists, but there are a handful of items that can make being on the go a considerably less stressful endeavor. Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno told us that “keeping lips hydrated and on-trend is always in fashion. NYFW is the perfect time to try something fashion-forward with your makeup and the most simple way to amp it up is your lip color.” Here’s a look at our must-have all-day lip color and four other New York Fashion Week musts. Burt’s Bees Cliché as it might be, there’s…
  • Your Guide to Wearing Burt’s Bees New Lip Crayons This Fall

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    After months of wearing lip balm and lightweight gloss, the move to deeper shades for fall doesn’t have to mean intensely rich lipstick. Make the transition with the latest lip crayon from Burt’s Bees. It comes in six different shades (perfect for any occasion) and will give you the pigment you want from a lip color, without the heaviness. Plus, it’s super moisturizing! Stash these anywhere, from your purse to your vanity at home — we promise you’ll want one of them on hand all season long. Makeup artist Katey Denno gives us her take: “Burt’s Bees’ new…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Give Away Linky, Slightly Stained Edition

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

    Amy LeForge
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Well, Heroes, I have a headache. The good news is that they’re a lot less frequent than they used to be. The bad news is this one is a doozy.While I’m off resting and trying to kick the ache, please enjoy the lovely giveaways listed below.Thank you. An InLinkz Link-up 2 Comments - Read what others are saying about this post...Recent CommentDinell HolmesTHanks for the linky!Reply this commentRead more comments...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky: We’re into March!! EditionMonday Give Away Linky:…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom Edition

    Amy LeForge
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Hello, Heroes. It’s Monday. Time for another giveaway linky.Normally, this thought pleases me a great deal. And probably, I’ll be pleased about it later.However, today…I am grumpy. Moms are allowed to be grumpy sometimes, especially when life (and boys) won’t cooperate.Would you do me a favor? Enjoy the giveaway linky on my behalf. I’ll try to be cheerful about it later. Perhaps a nap would help. Which begs the question: why is it that children are the ones who get to take naps when they’re grumpy? Why not adults? Because a nap would very much make life…
  • How to Instill Confidence in Your Child

    Amy LeForge
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    All children face some hardships while trying to become confident. It is an important responsibility of the parents to equip the children with enough confidence. With confidence they will not only survive, but thrive in life. Self confidence and competence supplement each other. A confident child will have a positive and realistic perception of his or her abilities. Confidence will induce performance of children too. The encouraging words of parents boost children’s confidence level immensely especially when parents refer to the specific efforts or abilities of their children.Let us discuss…
  • How to Childproof Your Home

    Amy LeForge
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    How to Childproof Your Home The little one is coming and your first task, besides showering it with love, is to keep it safe and sound. At first, your home might just be the safest place you can think of. And it probably is, if you are a grown up. However, think twice and look around and you will soon spot tons of dangers right there at your home. If you are still not sure what this is all about, try to check these tips and see if they can help you make a safer place for your kid.Start from the Floor Up Forget about the glass windows and sharp objects before you take care of the floor. Your…
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    Raising A Healthy Family

  • Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies Recipe

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    I love to make sugar cookies, they are easy and people are always so impressed by them. One of my favorite times of year to make them is in the fall when the leaves are changing. Here is how to make your own fall leaf cookies that reflect the season. First I make a batch of sugar cookie dough up. I make it the day before so it is a little easier to work with. Karen’s Sugar Cookie Recipe 1 cup of margarine 1 cup of sugar 2 eggs 4 tsp vanilla 3 cups of flour 2 tsp baking powder Beat the margarine and sugar add the eggs, vanilla and milk. Beat in the baking powder and flour. Place your…
  • Warby Parker – Making Prescription Eyewear More Affordable

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have been putting off something very important for about a year now. Going to get my eyeglasses prescription checked. Why? Because I know it needs to be updated, but the cost of getting new glasses terrifies me and since my daughter needs new glasses too, I was freaking out about the idea of having to spend over $600 just to get us both in new glasses. Luckily I found Warby Parker.  Warby Parker sells affordable eyewear and for every pair you purchase, they donate a pair to someone in need. So instead of spending about $300 each to get my daughter and myself in new glasses, with Warby…
  • Organic Avenue’s Fall into Fall Smoothie Recipe

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I am so excited to share this recipe with you today – for two reasons! One, I will be in NYC later this month and I just can not wait to visit one of the Organic Avenue locations while we are there. Two, after reading an article recently about the chemicals in Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte,  I am in search of a treat that includes the flavors of fall but is not laden with junk.   Summer may be over, but our friends at Organic Avenue are getting ready for fall by diving into all of the seasonal flavors we’ve missed. They shared their Fall into Fall Smoothie recipe with me and…
  • How to Save Over $400 Per Year Packing School Lunches

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I have been packing my kids’ lunches for school for the past 14 years – that’s a whole lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Luckily my girls have always been good about requesting fun reusable lunchware which has saved me quite a bit of cash over time. Did you know you can save over $400 per year just by switching to reusable lunchware – and of course, it is so much more eco-friendly, too. Take a look at this graphic:   That’s enough to make you want to rethink all those paper bags and pre-packaged goldfish packets!  Here are a few of my favorite…
  • Lunch Box Notes with Laura Kelly Pet Shop

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Back to school time creates a unique opportunity to connect with your kids through lunchbox note writing.  If your kids don’t pack, you can always stick little notes in their backpacks too! Here are some really cute ones created with Laura Kelly’s new die collection with Ellison Education and Sizzix. Here are five reasons that sending notes to school in lunchboxes and backpacks is a good idea.\ Your kids will know that you are thinking about them in the midst of their crazy school day. Your kids will feel supported and loved.  Sometimes this burst of a reminder helps kids get…
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  • 10 Fast and Free Exercises For Busy Moms

    Stacie Mahoe
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Two of the biggest reasons moms give for not exercising are, “I don’t have time” or “I don’t have money to join a gym or buy a fitness program.”But those “reasons” for not exercising are bogus and you know it! In fact, I have a list of 10 simple exercises you can do practically anytime, anyplace and they don’t require very much equipment or space at all. 1. Jumping Jacks 2. Push Ups 3. Squats 4. Squat Jumps 5. Burpees 6. Planks or Bridges 7. Dips 8. Step Ups 9. High Knees in Place 10. Pull Ups The fun thing is, you can use a few of these…
  • Easy Ways to Get Protein and Nutrients as a Vegetarian—World Vegetarian Day

    The Nutrition Twins
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    My twin daughters’ best friend came back from summer sleep away camp and was excited to tell me that she was a vegetarian. She knew I was a registered dietitian and she was proud of her efforts to avoid meat and wanted them to be acknowledged. Interestingly, after spending the night at our house, I realized that what she called being a “vegetarian” really meant that she was existing on foods like pretzels, pasta, chips, a lot of other processed carbohydrates and not much else—certainly not a Mom’s dream. Sure, she may be a vegetarian, but clearly this doesn’t mean she necessarily…
  • Are We Teaching Our Daughters To Settle For Good “Mom Jobs?”

    Risa Green
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    My daughter informed me the other day that she wants to be an interior designer when she grows up.  This was news to me, because up until now she’s always wanted to be a singer, and possibly an actress or a fashion designer, but that last one is just because she likes to watch Project Runway. At first I wasn’t sure where interior designer came from, but then I realized that we’ve been redecorating our den for the last few months, and I think she’s really enjoyed helping me pick out fabrics and rugs and furniture.  (Also, I recently videotaped her singing Adele’s “Set Fire to the…
  • CDC Confirms First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in US

    ModernMom Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The first case of Ebola virus in the United States was confirmed on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control. This is the first diagnosis of the deadly virus in the U.S. An unnamed patient was placed in “strict isolation” at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. The story is developing but hospital representatives did mention that they tested the patient for Ebola due to his symptoms and also recent travel history. Over 3000 people have died from the recent Ebola outbreak that was first identified only 6 months ago. Such an awful virus and our thoughts go out to…
  • Parents & Worry: Too Much of A Bad Thing

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Parenting often feels unbelievably weighty – the smallest decisions loom as the most significant and permanent ones we’ve ever made – making it natural for us parents to worry excessively about all the wrong things. But natural doesn’t mean good. When my kids were little, I read books to determine what exact age was the perfect developmental time for toilet training. I spent inordinate amounts of time stressing over what my children ate. When they ate it. I quizzed other parents about how to get a child to fall asleep unaided. I spent my few moments of privacy in the shower…
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  • Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

    Michelle W.
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September. I flew across the country to spend time in a mountain lodge with a bunch of strangers I met on the…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Eighties

    Ben Huberman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on their sites. Eighties may have been created with personal bloggers in mind, but its balance of striking visuals and flexible design makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a memorable, easy-to-customize website. Here are some of the theme’s most noteworthy features, already expertly used by our favorite Eighties early adopters. A…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

    Mark Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon) After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough…
  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge. Photo by Andy Townend We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Ring

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    (I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) Oh my gosh, you guys! Who doesn’t want a bright, sunshiny shape like this to greet you in the morning! Hello, gorgeous. Fancy “meating” you here. (Get it? Meat? Ha!) I know you guys are simply going to love the easy-ness of this recipe, just like my other crescent roll recipes, it’s quick, easy, and the results are gorgeous! Especially when using Great Day Farms eggs. They’re always so light and fluffy. After you’ve fried your bacon and scrambled your eggs, pour yourself a little coffee and break open those…
  • Pizza and a Movie Night with 18 Netflix Titles #StreamTeam

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Now that school’s back in session, we’ve been celebrating the weekends heartily. With soccer games and schedules in full swing, it feels good to kick off our shoes on a Friday and not have to cook, y’know? With the busy hustle and bustle of the week, relaxing with a little New York style pizza and a fun movie is the perfect ending to the week. Netflix Titles for Family Movie or TV Night For your little kids: 1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 2. The Pirate Fairy 3. Hoodwinked 4. Angelina Ballerina 5. Bob the Builder…
  • Potty Training Tips from a Mom of Many

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Even experienced parents like me need potty training advice sometimes, and that’s why I’m excited to have partnered with the Big Kid Academy for this post. You would think that, having eleventy-billion kids ‘n all, that I’d have this whole potty training thing down cold, right? That I’d wave some magical wand and BOOM, they’re potty trained, because after doing this so many times, I’m now a wizard, right? Sure, I’ve “been there, don’t that,” and I’ve accumulated a hearty knowledge of the subject. But, to be…
  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W38} #happinessis

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
  • My Son’s Steelers Game Surprise {Video}

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    See this face? This is the face of a kid who was tricked into thinking he was going to Ikea with his dad but they were really going to the Steelers game in Charlotte instead. My son thought he was earning $50 helping my husband. He had no idea what he was REALLY getting! This is the video of his reaction. (This video will NEVER get old. Never ever never.) Best surprise EVER! The post My Son’s Steelers Game Surprise {Video} appeared first on Crazy Adventures in Parenting.
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    Boutique Café

  • #IamBraveAndBeautiful Bloghop Special Event

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “ Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide…
  • Alexa Ray Joel sings “Just the Way You Are”

    16 Sep 2013 | 8:35 pm
    Back in 2007, I had the honour of interviewing Alexa Ray Joel for an exclusive Boutique Cafe podcast. I love Alexa’s voice and her music and have followed her career ever since. Now Alexa has beautifully reworked her Dad (Billy Joel’s) original hit “Just the Way You Are”, and also has teamed up with Gap for their “Back to Blue” campaign. Love you Alexa – Congratulations!! XO Daria Snag Alexa’s gorgeous version of “Just the Way You Are” on iTunes here>>
  • Luv Chicken Booster Cushion

    10 Sep 2013 | 5:11 pm
    Check out this adorable and highly portable booster cushion from Luv Chicken! This mini booster is cute as can be, in wipeable and easy to clean vinyl. The bottom of each cushion is non-slip and there’s a handle to make it easy to carry, even your toddler can tote it along (and believe me they will want to). The soft and comfortable foam insert makes seating issues at restaurants a thing of the past, now your child can sit up at the table at the proper height. If your child is past the highchair phase, but not quite tall enough to join the family at the table, the Luv Chicken boosters…
  • Mindy Gledhill’s Pockeful of Poetry

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:58 pm
    Did you know that you can Pre-Order Mindy Gledhill’s new album Pocketful of Poetry on iTunes? I just did and I can’t wait for the full album to drop. {LOVE IT} Sneek peeks of her new songs on Mindy’s youtube channel here>> I MUST own this, take me to iTunes>>
  • Summer Lovin’ at Boutique Cafe

    4 Aug 2013 | 9:11 pm
    Why Hello friends, I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I’ve toddled off to. It’s summer and I’ve been spending my days with my cute little kids enjoying the sunshine. We’ve been surfing in Tofino, swimming in our pool, I even hosted a wedding for a couple I’d never met before at my house overlooking the ocean. It’s been busy and wonderful all rolled into one. The truth is, that I miss you all though. I’ve been trying to make some new plans for Boutique Cafe. When I started this website years and years ago my life was infinitely different,…
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    The Committed Parent

  • 7 Essential Brain Features Every Helping Professional Needs to Know (Including Parents, Teachers and Business Leaders)

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

    Mark Brady
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    When I was in my early 20s I traveled to Ojai, California to attend a public lecture by the spiritual teacher, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Seemingly through the luck of the draw, I had become unexpectedly successful selling profitable airplane hardware to the U.S. Military, and I found myself plagued, as many financially successful people are, with the recurring question, “Is THIS all there is?” I was hoping Krishnamurti would answer that question in inspiring, heartful ways. “This is my secret: I never mind what happens.” ~ J. Krishnamurti What mostly drove my interest was…
  • What Your Brain Wants MOST for YOU

    Mark Brady
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Simply put, using word and picture metaphors, our brain wants to help us turn Image-Z: Your Chaotic Image-Z Brain Neurons   into Image-Q: Your Organized Image-Q Brain Neurons An Image-Z brain is dizzy and disorganized, easily emotionally hyper-aroused. Image-Z brains struggle with sustaining attention and most are excellent at making up wild and crazy stories about the future and the past and then cunningly convincing us that they’re true. Except, at any moment our Image-Z brain is serving up those stories, 99.9% of the time everything around us in our immediate environment is…
  • Why Your Brain Made You ODD

    Mark Brady
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you’re like me, most of you probably have at least a mild case of ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It seems to be a built-in cost for pursuing freedom, independence and autonomy. Not ODD all the time, but often enough. For me these days, it often reactively emerges when I watch the silly stuff that’s supposed to pass for “governance” by our elected officials. But if I tell the truth, I’ve been pretty oppositional and defiant since I was a kid. I was on a first name basis with Bob, the district Truant Officer – the odds of me showing up at…
  • Bringing Grace and Balance to Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This week I’m taking a vacation of sorts. I’m going to let someone else fire the heavy action potentials. Two people actually: Tami Simon, Sounds True founder, interviewing Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill Bolte Taylor & Mom If you’ve been following this blog for awhile and finding it useful, this interview is definitely worth slowing down and savoring. If you were taking this blog for course credit, I’d require you to read this piece several times and then collaborate with two other people and write a 10 page paper on it! Tami Simon Or even better – move it out from…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • A New Look and a Big Announcement

    Dawn Camp
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    In the middle of updating my blog’s theme, I realized that now’s the time for both an updated look and a big announcement . . . My blog’s new header reflects the cover image and title font for my first book, The Beauty of Grace, which releases February 3, 2015! The Beauty of Grace combines stories of faith from some of today’s most popular writers with photography illustrating God’ creation. Yes, I said my first book: I’m working on two more with my publisher, Revell, in the same format on the topics of friendship and marriage! Signing on the Dotted Line I…
  • Why Everything Looks Wonky

    Dawn Camp
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    When some things quit working correctly (like comments no longer showing on posts), I realized it was time for a little TLC under the hood here at My Home Sweet Home. I just updated my theme and not only does everything look different out front, but here behind the scenes, too. Y’all have patience with me while I work out the kinks and figure out how in the world to make it look normal again, okay? xoxoxo, Dawn Why Everything Looks Wonky is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Today at (in)courage: God Both Conceals and Reveals

    Dawn Camp
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Throughout history, man discovers the secrets God chooses to reveal. Sometimes they make Bible verses come alive with meaning not understood by the divinely inspired men who penned them or those who read them in the centuries that follow. “IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING . . .” ~PROVERBS 25:2   Sometimes we make the discovery ourselves and gasp, awed by the unmatched creativity of our Creator God, who breathed our world into being by His spoken word. From the detail of a dandelion to the center of a sunflower, God delights in the minuscule: facets found, easily overlooked…
  • See Dolphin Tale 2 in Theaters Today!

    Dawn Camp
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters everywhere Friday, which is also Homeschool Day. For your chance to win free tickets for your entire group from Homeschool Movie Club, share an image of your group seeing Dolphin Tale 2 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #HomeschoolDay or post the photo to Homeschool Movie Club’s Facebook page. Homeschool Movie Club will chose a random winner to cover and reimburse their Homeschool Day tickets. This contest is only good for opening day, Friday, September 12, and ends at 8 p.m. Pacific time. My kids begged me to become a Homeschool…
  • Where Wisdom Gathers {and #TheBestYes giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Contest closed! The winners are Southern Gal, Erin, Darleen, Alicia, and Jolanthe. I jog on pavement wet from last night’s rain. Water drips from leaves overhead and a cool breeze drifts in from the woods to caress my legs. I follow the trailhead until it hits the greenway, like the stem of a T joining its top. A glance to the right to make sure I don’t run in front of a bike or a dog walking its owner and then I veer left, following the path my kids’ cross country team took earlier and the woman who crosses before me as I approach the fork. Since she looks…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • A birthday fable of sibling love

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Once upon a time, there was a brother and sister. They was a gap of five years and one gender between them, and when he was on the cusp of becoming a teen, she decided to move across the province. For most of their lives until adulthood, their relationship tottered between tolerance and affection, but without any deep appreciation of each other. As they stumbled into adulthood, however, they found they had more in common than not. They shared, among other things, a love of technology, an inability to resist potato chips, a desire to overcome a rather awkward childhood social life, and the…
  • Photo of the day: And baby makes three

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Some babies are jolly and full of chortles and some babies are more reserved. And then you have babies like this little charmer who came to the porch for portraits yesterday. She watched me and my camera with careful contemplation for most of the morning, neither smiling nor crying. In the vast majority of the photos, she is regarding me with a thoughtful, pondering gaze, which is why I love this photo so much. That hint of a smile that says “I own them!” to me. Don’t they look like they should be in a magazine, or maybe in the dictionary under the definition of “happy…
  • Fun bloggy news: I’m a KinderMom!

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    I remember getting Kinder eggs from my grandparents when I was a kid, just about the same time they first became available in Canada in the early 1980s. (Did you know the brand is 40 years old?) I was fascinated by the exotic milky white insides of the chocolate eggs, aside from loving the wee surprise inside. Though I’m not a huge fan of chocolate, the kids know when they have a Kinder egg they always have to save a bite of that light/milk chocolate combo for me. They’ve always been one of my favourite treats to give and to get. That’s why I am happy to tell you that for the…
  • Weekend family fun: Culture Days at City of Ottawa Museums

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Did you see the forecast for this weekend? It’s like the summer we forgot to have! There’s no excuse to stay inside, so here’s an idea – get out and enjoy Culture Days with free admission at one of Ottawa’s museums. At the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, they’re exploring “vintage social media” (ha!): “Experience the days of radio and movie magic! In the days before television, iPads, and texting, the family radio and the weekly movie screening were the social media of the day. Everyone gathered around radio sets in family homes to…
  • Photo of (a few days ago): Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    You might remember this beauty from her Hollywood-style portraits on the porch this summer. Those portraits were in preparation for this weekend’s big event, Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah at Stonebridge. I’d never been to a Bat Mitzvah before, and I really enjoyed researching the traditions behind the event. The ceremony and party were warm and full of affection from family and friends. Here’s a taste of the day: It was a little bit of Hollywood, a lot of family and friends, a whole lot of smiles, and at the centre of the fuss one lovely girl, beautiful inside and out. It was…
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    News Moms Need

  • Today is World Heart Day

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    This year the World Heart Federation is focusing on creating heart-healthy environments for you and your family. World Heart Day raises awareness of maintaining a healthy diet, limiting alcohol and tobacco use, and increasing physical activity. World Heart Day is a good time to think about one of the most common birth defects – congenital heart defects. It affects 1 in 100 babies every year. These heart defects can affect the heart’s structure, how it works, or both. Heart defects develop in the early weeks of pregnancy when the heart is forming. Severe congenital heart defects are…
  • Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Every year hundreds of thousands of children take a trip to the hospital because they have taken medications they have found in their house and are way too easy for them to get their hands on. Often, old prescriptions are sitting around, forgotten, and these pose a risk to children who may find and ingest them. Saturday, September 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This effort, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Last April, Americans…
  • Good-bye NICHCY. Hello CPIR.

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Like most people, I am resistant to change. Once I get used to something, I am irked when it is re-arranged or changed, or worse, eliminated. But, today I am writing about a change that made me unhappy at first, but in the end, I feel good about. In many of my blog posts, I have directed parents to NICHCY (the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities), where hundreds of helpful articles on early intervention, special education, disabilities and the law can be found in an easy to read format. The bad news is that in less than one week, NICHCY’s website will be closed.
  • Health and safety while at work

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Working during pregnancy may have some challenges. It can be difficult to stay safe and comfortable at the workplace, manage your pregnancy symptoms all while tackling your work schedule and duties. Lots of women work long hours at physically demanding jobs. Others may be very sedentary, working at a desk looking at a computer screen for most of the day.  Here are some tips to help make your day safer and easier. If you work on a computer or sit at a desk for most of the day, comfort is key. To avoid wrist and hand discomforts, neck and shoulder pains, backaches and eye strains, follow these…
  • Seat check Saturday is Sept. 20

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    September 20 is National Seat Check Saturday. Certified technicians will perform car seat checks and installations at sites throughout the country. There will be car seat inspection sites throughout the country with trained and certified technicians performing car seat checks and installations. Installing a car seat correctly may be one of the most frustrating aspects of parenthood. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience. And then, just as you are getting the hang of it, they outgrow one seat and have to move on to another! Of course, it is very important that your child travel in a…
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    The Erin Experiment

  • Experiment 3.0: Dating

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

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

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

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

    10 Dec 2013 | 10:52 am
    It occurred to me, after a recent Facebook post and a handful of emails I've received, that my attempts at flying under the radar and staying fairly quiet about some of the bigger goings on in my life were pretty successful.A pretty significant life shift occurred earlier this year and I kept pretty silent about it in the public arena. In fact, even last week I was fielding questions from old friends on if something happened because 'something seems different that [they] can't quite put [their] finger on.'I've wanted to publicly acknowledge that 2013 has been a year for the record books, but…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Can Websites ‘Built By Girls’ Make Programming Cool?

    Jennifer Wagner
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    AOL and Girls Who Code may have found an answer to the problem of finding how to get girls interested in computer science or other technology majors. This past summer, five Girls Who Code alumnae, were given the chance to take over AOL’s millennial social-girl pop culture site before its relaunch. The question is, if a girls […] The post Can Websites ‘Built By Girls’ Make Programming Cool? appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Are Parents Responsible For the Lack of Girls in Computer Careers? Computer…
  • Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens

    Jennifer Wagner
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Sitting down with your teens to watch movies or TV shows together is a great way to bond. Discussing something that you watched together can lead to conversations about a variety of topics that you may never have tackled with your teens before. And laughing at comedies together will bring back great fun memories. If you […] The post Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Orange Is The New Black: Season 2 Netflix Binge Watching Friday Night Lights Coming to ABC Family Share Classic High…
  • 23 Movies For Teens and Tweens Fall and Holiday 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    You might be wondering why I need to write a summer and fall list of movies for teens and tweens when I have already written a yearly list. The reason is that movies and schedules change throughout the year, and many movies that premiere late in the year, weren’t even scheduled yet in January. I […] The post 23 Movies For Teens and Tweens Fall and Holiday 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 18 Best Movies for Teens Fall 2011 20 Movies For Teens Fall 2013 Top 20 Fall Movies for Teens 2009
  • Star Stable Brings Collaborative Online Gaming to Girls

    Jennifer Wagner
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Star Stable is a virtual game about horses, played on the PC or Mac, made for girls between the ages of 7 and 17. It is also a massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), which are rarely created specifically for girls. Even though there could be up to a thousand girls playing at once, there […] The post Star Stable Brings Collaborative Online Gaming to Girls appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Online Video Gaming and Safety Sony Virtual World Free Online Games for Teens and Tweens Kids Learn About Less Fortunate in…
  • Skype in the Classroom – Don’t Let Your School Miss Out

    Jennifer Wagner
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Skype has always been a leader in online video calls. However, that same platform can be used for more than talking to friends. The Skype in the Classroom program allows students and teachers to interact with and learn from people around the world. I was invited to the Skype Global Learning Lab to learn about how […] The post Skype in the Classroom – Don’t Let Your School Miss Out appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Skype Mobile – Talk Free with Skype On the Go Skype for Social Good Best Interests of the…
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  • Farewell Jeter: Thank You from a New Baseball Mom

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Effects of Media Violence on Children

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Watch this video for the latest ideas on how exposure to violence affects a child's developing brain.
  • Continually Negotiating With Kids Is Exhausting

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Do you find yourself worn down from your kids asking for a little more? It might be a little more time to play video games, more time before going to bed or more dessert. Kids have plenty of energy and motivation when it comes to negotiating for something they want!Sometimes it is appropriate to negotiate with your kids. They may have new ideas or information to consider in your decision.However, when you are negotiating on things that come up over and over again, it’s time for a rule. You may want to give your kids input on the rule. Once the rule is established though, the rule is…
  • Smoothly Transitioning Back to School

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Transitioning from the laid-back, flexible summer schedule to the intense school schedule can be tough for both you and your kids. Whereas summer days have few deadlines, school has daily deadlines from getting to school on time to turning homework in. No wonder it’s a difficult change to make! Even if you or your kids are looking forward to fall and school starting, the ending of summer can bring up feelings like sadness, grief and anxiety. All transitions involve an ending. It’s hard to have something you enjoy come to an end. You may still wish to hold onto the summer even as it slips…
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    Darryle Pollack | I never signed up for this...

  • My Husband Drove his Car Over My Foot….and here are 10 GOOD things about it

    Darryle Pollack
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    1.  It makes great blog fodder. 2.   It was an accident.  I thought I should probably mention that.  In today’s world, you never know. 3. There were witnesses. We were with another couple (who both escaped injury.) 4. It’s not life threatening; I don’t need surgery but potentially could score a handicap parking pass. 5. Need I mention my husband is now waiting on me hand and foot. Possibly for life. 6.  Wearing a canvas boot for weeks is a great excuse to buy new shoes. 7. In the ER I got to try out my brand new Medicare card.  Wait, is that really a good thing? 8. No…
  • Life@50+ Top 10 List

    Darryle Pollack
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    Welcome to AARP.  By welcome I don’t mean getting the card.   I’ve had mine for a while.   (okay, a LONG while.)  By welcome I mean attending my first AARP event,  Life@50+. They had me at hello.    Actually they had me even before Hello, as soon as I walked in the door of the San Diego Convention Center. #1:  My intimate friend Mrs. Fields greeted me right off the bat in the lobby.   Immediately I knew this would be a good time.. Blogger friends: Suzanne Simone Stavert (left) and Lois Alter Mark (right) #2.  Inside, more friends, old and new.  Which set the tone with a…
  • Heroes Among Us

    Darryle Pollack
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    In a world where Kardashians are the gold standard of celebrity; where Oscar Pistorius, one of the world’s most admired athletes, is tried on murder charges; our world seems sorely in need of heroes. Yet often heroes seem to be in short supply. Who is a hero?  The official definition:  a person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.Many qualify who deserve but rarely get our attention. Even though many of us are exposed to heroism on a daily basis….by people who demonstrate character and courage and nobility.Sometimes we wonder how we’d…
  • Birthday Gifts from the Internet

    Darryle Pollack
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Today is a BIG birthday. How appropriate that for someone whose life has centered around the internet for the last few years, the internet came through in a BIG way. So who told Google it was my birthday?  I saw this graphic today and was completely convinced this was a coincidence.  It took me hours to figure out that Google knows all.  Neat trick, Google, and thanks;  I can’t wait to see what you do next year. BIG Thanks to Upworthy for including my TED talk on Upworthy.  (Click here )  — a gift that makes me feel both UP and WORTHY.   BIG Thanks to humans of the…
  • 10 things this picture doesn’t tell you and why you should share it

    Darryle Pollack
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    It’s worth a thousand words for sure.  You can tell a lot just by looking at it.  But not everything.  Here’s 10 things this picture won’t tell you. 1.  She’s had breast cancer .  (That one’s a giveaway.) 2.  Her name:  Barbie Ritzco.  Her name always makes me think of a Barbie doll, which is about the furthest thing from who this Barbie is. 3.  She’s tough.   Breast cancer forces everyone to toughen up but Barbie was uniquely qualified to fight it.  As of this year, she’s served 20 years in the marines. 4.  She first felt her lump when…
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Quick & Easy Pumpkins Spice Muffins

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Easiest (WyldStyle) Wildstyle Lego Movie Costume Ever!

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    This costume really couldn’t get any easier! All you need to make your own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume is a pen and some paper, a black sweat suit, some bright pink and blue duck tape, scissors, and some hair chalk. To Make Your Own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume Start, by sketching out the graffiti pattern onto a sheet of paper so you have a solid visual reference to refer to as you go. Now, cut corresponding strips of blue and pink duck tape and attach them to the black sweatshirt as closely to the pattern on the lego character as you can. The result looks…
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox come to life through the eyes of Tobias Picker and Emily Carew Woodard

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    “In the hole lived Mr. Fox and Mrs. Fox and their four small Foxes.” “We will make,” said Mr Fox, “a little underground village, with streets and houses on each side – separate houses for Badgers and Moles and Rabbits and Weasels and Foxes. And every day I will go shopping for you all. And every day we will eat like kings.” – Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox I’m delighted to share with you a few of Emily Carew Woodard’s whimsical interpretations of one of our favorite stories, Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr. Fox appearing as an…
  • A Short Story: Unbloxing Creativity and Making Friends

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Don’t Miss the GoldieBlox Giveaway at the bottom of this post!  but as clever as she was with gadgets and gears, she had trouble being herself around other girls. When friends came over to play, they would usually raid her untouched dress-up bin or redecorate her doll house while she sat close by building cities out of legos or geared up to save endangered stuffed animal species while they practiced being princesses. but for one incredible Sunday afternoon, with the help of our friends from GoldieBlox she got to be herself … and one of the girls too! As soon as she unbloxed her box…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Family Movie With The #StreamTeam

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - How do you spend time with your family? We are just getting home from taking my family camping, but we always try to find time to spend together. My kids are only young once, so we try and take advantage of the fact that they actually want to spend time with us right now. We also tend to enjoy a lot of the same movies, so we like to make a bowl of popcorn and have a family movie night. The nice thing is that Netflix makes it so easy to spend together as a family. Here are a few titles for Family Movie Night:   For your little kids:      …
  • BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available!!!

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz…
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Clip

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother…
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    Jolly Mom

  • After School Snack Ideas: Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s nice to have a warm and comforting after school snack for Lucas. This is especially true on baseball practice days. Some warm food in his belly helps get him through practice until dinner. One of his favorites snacks (and one the entire family loves) are Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples – it is the perfect fall treat! The Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, raisins,  cinnamon, and apple juice meld with the softened, warm apple to produce what really almost resembles an apple pie or apple crisp. Sometimes we like to serve it with a dollop of…
  • After School Snack Ideas: Almond Cocoa Muffins Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    I always like to have a nice snack ready for Lucas when he gets home from school. He usually comes home famished – partly because he spends most of his lunch time socializing rather than eating and partly because he is a growing boy. He needs to have something nutritious in his body to get him through homework, reading, baseball practice, etc. But also? I want him to feel that home = love, comfort, and warmth. Having a yummy snack that he enjoys is part of that. It’s home. So every day this week I will be sharing after school snack ideas that Lucas loves. First up are Almond Cocoa…
  • How To Decorate Your Front Porch for Halloween

    Piera Jolly
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    This week it is officially Fall, which signals the beginning of some of my favorite things. Crisp, cool weather and the smell of burning leaves in the air and pumpkin treats and baking and boots and scarves and Halloween. We love Halloween around our household. Not only does it mark the beginning of the holiday season, but it is also one of the funnest holidays. It’s a chance to be silly and imaginative and become your favorite super hero for a day or become a fairy princess or make up your very own costume. We also like to dress our home up for Halloween so today I thought I’d…
  • Midnight Snack: Frosted Flakes®-Chocolate Chip-Marshmallow Cookies Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    You might remember that over the summer, I headed up to NYC for the Kellogg’s Recharge Bar, which featured elevated cereal and milk breakfast combinations (think lemon zest and thyme in your cereal – read more about it HERE). However, I missed the last night when the Recharge Bar was transformed into a nighttime, living room atmosphere and swapped the more traditional breakfast cereals for some indulgent treats and evening snacking options by the uber talented, Chef Christina Tosi of milkbar. Chef Christina Tosi at the evening Kellogg’s Recharge Bar in NYC One of the…
  • Back-to-School Fall Fashion for Girls – Matilda Jane Clothing

    Piera Jolly
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    You guys. Having a little girl is so much fun. Already Amelia is trying to put on my makeup and loves playing dress up. She used to hate wearing anything on her head, but now she reaches for the headbands and hair wraps and hats herself. It’s so cute! And…the clothes. The clothing options are so much fun! I recently discovered Matilda Jane Clothing and am in love.   There is one word to describe Matilda Jane Clothing. Breathtaking.       From the packaging to the quality of the fabrics to the whimsical details that go into each piece, Matilda Jane’s…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

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

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

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

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

    Zen Mommy
    20 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    The next time your child plays out a challenging behavior that seems to come from a "strong-will", see if you can step into the experience from their point of view. Be your child's relationship "training wheels"...
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Meet my characters

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In one month, Clear as Glass releases! This story won five Romance Writers of America chapter contests, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Published in both paperback and ebook by The Wild Rose Press. Available October 22nd. Marooned with a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, Jaye Davis isn’t sure how to read the brawny guy who offers to help. When he gets too close, she hits him in the nuts. Turns out, he’s not a murderous sex maniac – he’s her new boss. Now he has good reason to fire her, but she’s determined to save his faltering glassblowing…
  • Learning stuff makes me paranoid

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    My brain was getting “dusty,” so I went to the museum for a dose of culture. Look at the ducks! Er, I mean, what an exquisite display of texture and brushwork. On to the next picture… Oh, I wish I had her scarf. Er, I mean, observe the thoughtful, wistful expression expressed by the artist. On to the next picture… Ohmygersh, that girl in the picture keeps staring at me! I ran home. I grabbed a cookie. I felt pretty good until… Ohmygersh, that dog WON’T STOP STARING AT ME!! Artwork…and cookies…are forever ruined for me. From now on, I’m letting my…
  • The Man Wall

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Like most good things, it started as a joke: I taped a few pictures of handsome men in the corner of my sophomore dorm room. My buddies added pictures of handsome men to the collection. These handsome men became known as… THE MAN WALL. The Man Wall took on a life of its own. Friends submitted pictures of their favorite men for The Man Wall. My roommate and I spent hours searching for new material to expand The Man Wall. My parents secretly worried I spent too much time reading magazines. And that, my friends, is my crowning achievement in college. Perhaps The Man Wall helped prepare me to…
  • The secret to sexual ecstasy

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Like most folks, I’d like to learn the secret to sexual ecstasy. In particular, my sexual ecstasy. Like any good author, I searched for the answer in a bookstore. At first, the answer eluded me. Dang, I must be in the wrong aisle. Wait a minute. Getting warmer… I turned a corner and stumbled into a wealth of knowledge! At last, the answer hit me right between the eyeballs… but my husband wouldn’t let me buy the book unless I agreed to one condition. And that, my friends, is why this book is sitting on my coffee table right now. I’ll let you know when we actually read…
  • Now I know where all those frogs came from

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    My back yard is crowded with frogs. I was wondering how they got there…until I saw this: If only I could figure out how all the mosquitos end up in my yard…
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    Harassed Mom

  • Whats new with you?

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    If your children go to school then September not only marks the start of Spring but also the start of the crazies. I commented on Rina’s post that we shift gear now and start a free fall of sorts to December. Our weekends are full pretty much until we leave for holiday in December. Truth be told though we love it, it gets a bit manic at times but I love getting out over the weekends, being with friends, watching my kids sports, celebrating parties. I haven’t done a bullet point post in a while so here it is – an update on whats new with us! Cameron’s soccer team won…
  • {Product Review} Feeding made easy with Nuk

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Being the fourth child means Emma gets very little new stuff. From her clothes to her bottles to her cot. It’s not so much a money thing as a practical thing really. We had a lot of stuff and a lot of stuff got handed down. Recently I was contacted by Nuk to try out their new feeding range. It was perfect timing because Emma is now on solids and has been using all Jacks old bowls. I do realise she is 8 months old and doesn’t care or know what bowl she uses but it is still nice to get new stuff. We were sent a weaning set with cutlery that including a weaning bowl, weaning plate…
  • Dear parents, your children have no respect because neither do you. An open letter to parents everywhere.

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    “Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” –Carl Jung Being a parent is hard, we know this. There is no training manual, no blanket approach that works for every child, there are no office hours and every day something new happens that challenges you or confuses you. It is also the one thing that every single person is judging you on. The world stands in judgement of parents everywhere. Parents today are so hung up on making sure they tell everyone (myself included here) “Don’t judge me, you don’t know me”. It has almost become the…
  • The day I met Nianell and was reminded to Just Be!

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    I remember getting the invite for the Ford event last year, I was so stupid excited think I may have told random strangers I was attending a launch in Cape Town AND we were getting a pampering session. It was exciting because its not every day a mommy blogger gets invited to the launch of a car and its even more rare that a mom gets to go away for the night (for free). It was a great experience and started a very strong love affair with the Ford Kuga, it really is a thing of beauty. It was probably the best event I had the good fortune to be a part of. Last week I received an email with the…
  • So your child wants to join a sports club. 7 Things you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We never encouraged club sport of any kind in the kids until they were in Grade 4. Up until then we encouraged them to take part in as many extra-muruals as they could manage. Cameron took full advantage of this, much like my brother, who went on to do as much as he could all the way through high school. It may be because Cameron attends a public school but we found the training in every sport he chose to be lacking. He was not getting the training he needed to improve. So we started club soccer almost 3 years ago, followed a year later by club cricket and more recently swimming. We have…
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    Parenting Help Me

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Karen Kramer
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Your Survival Emergency Plan   It’s 1:00 AM… You’re in the middle of a fantastic dream, when suddenly it turns into a nightmare.. You hear loud banging on your front door…  Stumbling out of bed you head to the door .. “Open Up! This is the Police! We have an emergency situation!” You struggle to comprehend [...]
  • Sunny Afternoon Fun

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

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

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

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

  • That kind of morning

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    “I can’t be the only one who does everything around here!” That was me screaming at no one in particular and everyone at once. Apparently there was some weird and beautiful light this morning. I missed it because I was too busy yelling at my family. It all started yesterday. Sometimes when my life is ... [Read more...]The post That kind of morning appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Can we stop pretending that kids need more tech?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image adapted from Flickr under the Creative Commons license. “As a parent, I really resent anything that drives my kids to a computer,” I said. I was participating in a hypothetical group exercise at a social media/PR/marketing workshop a couple weeks ago. Our task was to create a media pitch for a charitable campaign. We ... [Read more...]The post Can we stop pretending that kids need more tech? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The evolution of kiddie toothbrushing

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    A million thanks to Philips for sponsoring this post and finally putting some joy back into toothbrushing. We brush our teeth at least twice a day every day of our lives and barely give it a second thought — until we become parents. Nobody told me about the toothbrushing fights. Nobody! It’s like a giant ... [Read more...]The post The evolution of kiddie toothbrushing appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • WaterWipes Baby Wipes

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

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

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

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

    SafeMama Kathy
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    Just wanted to share with you the goodies that came along with this edition of EcoCentric Mom‘s “Mom” Box.  Lots of pretty little natural treats. House of Metalworks  – Jewelry handmade in the USA with reclaimed/recycled materials, this months box came equipped with a darling heart charm bracelet that is so sweet and delicate. Lovely […]
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    Rave & Review

  • 5 simple ways to pretend it’s fall… wherever you live

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Is it still shorts and flip flop season where you live? Trust me, I feel your pain! Even in the Pacific Northwest, which is known for its gorgeous and crisp falls, it is still feeling very summery despite a few sprinkles here and there. There’s no color in the trees, it’s definitely not sweater weather, and the last thing I want most days is a hot beverage. But, you see, I adore fall. I long for autumn almost as soon as summer begins and visions of this kind of weather keep me happy even during the hottest days of the year. It’s no doubt my very favorite season, but this year has just…
  • Seattle getaway: La Conner, Washington in the fall

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    I was talking to a Seattle resident a few weeks ago and I mentioned that I was taking a roadtrip to La Conner, WA to sightsee. She admitted that she had never been further north than Lynnwood, and I don't think I hid my shock very well. How could you possibly limit yourself to just the towns immediately surrounding Seattle and miss out on the rolling hills, farms, mountains, rivers, lakes and coastline north of us? Situated on the delta near the mouth of the Skagit River, La Conner was founded in the early 1860's and is Skagit County's oldest community. It still has many ties to its early…
  • New I SPY Adventure for the VTech InnoTab

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    I grew up reading I SPY books and challenging myself and friends to find not only all the items listed on each brightly colored and vivid mini-scene, but also finding hidden gems in each picture. So, of course I was thrilled when my kiddos also fell for the books. We enjoy reading the I SPY books together numerous times a day and I love that I can stump them by choosing objects I’m not sure they will recognize by name or objects that can inspire a learning opportunity. But sometimes? I wish they were old enough to read to themselves because I SPY books would be a great way to pass time…
  • The Land of Nod Seattle celebrates their Grand Re-Opening Bash

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Oh, how I love The Land of Nod. It's always the first store we turn to when we're shopping for kids of all ages because they have a great mix of eclectic, classic, and modern styles. We've shopped there for just about every birthday, major holiday, and room redo over the past 8 years, and we've become big fans of everything from their toys to their storage solutions and more. But, a few weeks ago we were walking around U Village shopping center in Seattle on a mission to hit all our favorite stores and enjoy some sunshine and panic set in when the entire store looked dark and empty. We had…
  • Big things are happening at Rave & Review

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    A few days ago we made our big announcement on Facebook and wanted to announce it here as well. That's right, in just a few short months we will be welcoming baby #3. Hello, party of 5. Goodbye, compact sedan. This has felt like the fastest pregnancy ever so far, but I will likely be singing a very different tune come December. I imagine the last month is going to drag by with all the Christmas craziness and I'm exhausted beyond belief, so I'm just going to enjoy the fact that I still have a good amount of energy to expend each day. So, everyone wants to know: are the kiddos excited for their…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Review: Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip and Kipper on Nintendo 3DS

    Claire Walsh
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    One thing I have learnt through the school years is not to rely on the school to teach them. At home you need to be really on the ball and reinforce everything they are learning and if you think they can learn a bit more, then encourage them. This gives them confidence in class and at least in the case of my children, seems to empower them a little in their learning. Up until very recently we
  • Join The #MyDens Hangout

    Claire Walsh
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    When you were a child did you ever dream of having a fabulous den? I did all the time and me and my sister spent hours building dens out of bedspreads and sheets and random stuff. When I had my own children I decided that it was very important to let them indulge in this, but we have taken it one step further and actually created a den for my eldest son in his bedroom. Plans are afoot at some
  • Win Ghostbusters goodies to celebrate the Blu Ray boxset!

    Alex Walsh
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I once had a discussion with Dan, half of Lee and Dan from the now Dan-less Midnight Movie Club podcast about what was the best film of the 80's. There are plenty of classics to chose from, ranging from the Shining, to Full Metal Jacket, Scarface, and The Empire Strikes Back to Die Hard but we were battling it out over Ghostbusters and Gremlins. I was down on the side of Ghostbusters, Dan was
  • Book Review: The Owl and The Pussy-cat by Edward Lear with illustrations by Charlotte Volke

    Claire Walsh
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    One of my favourite poems for all sorts of reasons is The Owl and The Pussy- cat. Its one of the few poems that I can actually recite and it always fires my imagination. This new picture book edition from puffin books is the perfect introduction to this classic work for younger readers and will equally delight those already familiar with the text. The book is a companion to The Further
  • In Praise of The Argos Catalogue...

    Claire Walsh
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know, its early days yet, too early in fact to start thinking about Christmas. BUT, school has just gone back and I always have the same problem with the children during this time of year: Endless whining about what we are going to do after school, what activities I have planned. I'm sure you have it in your household. I'm trying really hard to detach the children from their television
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  • 260 of My Favorite Blog Elevated Photos

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Blog Elevated Registration I’m a homeschool mom… yes – but I’m a photographer and blogger in my “other life” (read: scarce free time). I process life in words and images. Can’t help it. I haven’t had time stew the stuff I learned or connect with the people I met at Blog Elevated because I’ve been editing photos for the past couple of days. Too bad you have to eat, homeschool, and unpack after conferences – or I’d be a lot faster at photo-turn-around. Taking Notes at Blog Elevated I sent my lens rental back Monday and…
  • Just a Note… From Cloudy Galveston

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Moody Moody Gardens I thought I would share a little update with my one hour of solitude before I step out of this quiet hotel room into the swarming sea of a Galveston blog conference to capture it with my camera. I never have quiet like this at my house; but I wouldn’t change that for the world. If I could unpack every one of my crazy, noisy, squishy, fun-loving kids, I would. There would be trips to the beach to put our sand in the toes… snacks for seagulls… instagram photos of children running along the shoreline. Alas, mama is by herself on this trip. Well, sort-of.
  • Almost Back to School: Planning, Scheduling & Preparing

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #3 of 5… We started school yesterday, y’all. That means this series has gone from “Almost Back to School” to Officially Back to School. There were no doves decending from heaven. No great flashes of light or thunderous voices from heaven declaring that we were on track. No fanfare whatsoever. Mama isn’t even finished getting all  her ducks in a row (shhhh!)… and that’s OK. If you want to teach a kid that it…
  • Poetry and Pictures: Harm No Living Thing

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Pipe Vine Swallowtail Caterpillar “Just because I am different from you – please do not harm me”… says the dangerous looking caterpillar. Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone truly believed in not harming other living things? Life is precious. Hurt No Living Thing Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor harmless worms that creep. - Christina Rossetti Enjoy your weekend…
  • Flourless Honey-Sweet Peanut Butter Brownies

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I can see the future. ESP, I tell you. Here’s what I know: You are going to thank me for this 4-ingredient recipe. People at your next potluck or party are going to thank YOU. Your kids might nominate you for mom of the year, even. If you love peanut-butter, and are trying to stay away from refined sugar and excess grains (especially gluten or wheat), you are going to love this recipe. It is CRAZY simple. The bars taste fantastic with milk. They are rich and nutty; best served WARM. A friend of mine who eats even healthier than we do shared this recipe with me. In fact, after I ate one…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • 2014 Conference: Life Giving, Mindful Beginnings

    Rita Brhel
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    “Attachment is not only a benefit to kids but is the gateway, the whole gateway. But its a complicated topic.” ~ Lu Hanessian, API Advisory Board and speaker at the 2014 API Conference So let’s get the conversation rolling. I’m here at the 2014 Attachment Parenting International conference, “Pathways to Child Flourishing,” at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, USA. It is amazing and humbling to be in the presence, the audience, of these speakers. It’s mind blowing. In the first session, this morning, we heard from Lu Hanessian, author,…
  • 2014 Conference: The Milky Way

    Rita Brhel
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    This has been seven years in the making. I had seen “The Milky Way” film before during a local 2014 World Breastfeeding Week event. It was powerful then, and it was no less powerful this second time around, here in South Bend, Indiana, USA, at Notre Dame University at the 2014 Attachment Parenting International conference, “Pathways to Child Flourishing.” This time around, the producers of the film were available for discussion: Chantal Molnar and Jennifer Davidson. And that’s where I learned that it took seven — SEVEN — years for them to make their…
  • 20 Years of Advocating for Families

    API Blog
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    By Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart We can hardly contain ourselves! Twenty years ago, we had a dream and this anniversary conference at Notre Dame this week is a fulfillment of that dream! This is a rare and exciting opportunity to meet and hear presentations by many of the influential and inspiring pioneers, both past and present, in the fields of attachment, child development and of course Attachment Parenting. These are the people who influenced us, broadened our vision and helped raise the…
  • Spanking and the Golden Rule

    API Blog
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    By Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart “Adults teach children in three important ways: The first is by example, the second is by example, the third is by example.” ~ Albert Schweitzer At one point in our own lives, we have spanked at least one of our children, later learning more positive parenting tools. People believe in spanking children for many reasons. We often hear the common rebuttal, “I was spanked as a child and I turned out OK,” or someone’s personal beliefs may…
  • The Clown is Sometimes Serious

    Shoshana Hayman
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    The clown, the astronaut, the chatterbox, the complainer, the “slob” and many more stereotypes all appear in our families and in our classrooms. These are the characters that can disturb, annoy, frustrate and anger us, because they interrupt and spoil our agendas. We are convinced that this is how they always are. They make us worry. We wonder if they were born this way and if they are destined to stay this way. But sometimes “the clown” is serious, and sometimes he is sad. Sometimes the “astronaut” is attentive and focused. Sometimes the…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • The Rules of Walmart

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Yesterday the Mister had to take his mom to the emergency room. She’s okay now, but at the time she was tired and miserable and hours away from going home. I was out running errands when the Mister texted me about getting comfortable clothes for his mom. Of course, I said. Since I didn’t have her house keys and she lives 30 minutes away, I offered to go buy something. He agreed. I went into one store, then another. Yesterday was the first day in recorded history that cheap sweat pants in a size Medium were not available in the United States. Except, of course, at one store. My…
  • We Were Liars

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Published by Random House Children's Books on 2014-05-13 Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, General, Social Issues, Young Adult Pages: 240 Goodreads A New York Times Bestseller"Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents."--Wall Street Journal"A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.""Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." -…
  • The Fantasic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Published by Simon and Schuster on 2012-06-19 Genres: Books & Libraries, Fantasy & Magic, New Experience, Social Issues, Young Adult Pages: 56 Goodreads The book that inspired the Academy Award–winning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce. Morris Lessmore loved words.He loved stories.He loved books.But every story has its upsets. Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Stunningly brought to…
  • The Blacklist

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Never let it be said that fan fiction serves no purpose. Even the Mister can’t tease me anymore since by reading it I discovered our favorite show. I was reading what is called a prompt, where someone requests stories based on a theme or idea. Writers opt in and contribute a piece by a defined deadline. The prompt I read, Media Remix, asked the writers to rewrite favorite a TV show, movie, or book. I read one based on the show The Blacklist. I watched the show immediately after reading the submission because I knew if it was anything like the fiction, I would love it and so would the…
  • Twitter

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been trying to spend less time on Facebook, but it’s not because I’m working or too busy. The truth of the matter is that to get to my Facebook page I have to go through my personal page, and I’ve basically come to hate most of the people with whom I’m “friends.” Seriously. So annoying. Part of the problem is that I found most of these people back when my best friend and I were in charge of the high school reunion. Before then, I was never on Facebook. Now it’s like I’ve been sucked into a whirlpool of malcontent. By all means, call…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Good Music Brighter Children Blog Tour: Review & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Do you believe that classical music is not only good for the ears, but also good for the heart and the brain? If you are looking to explore the importance of music education, Good Music Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child's Life Through the Power of Music is the perfect book for you! Learn more about this fantastic book below and enter for your chance to win
  • Lobo Goes to the Galapagos Book Blast: $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Children love reading stories of animals that are cute and funny. The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo Goes to the Galapagos not only tells an interesting story that kids would enjoy, but also delivers a positive message that its young readers could benefit from throughout their lives. Take a look at this finely illustrated book and enter to win your choice of a $100 Amazon gift card or PayPal
  • $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway {It's a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop} #Free4Fall

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Fall has officially started. To help you get ready for the new season with ease, members from the Blogging Mamas Network have teamed up on this It's a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop. You could win various family friendly prizes valued at $25 or more each. The giveaway event will run for 2 weeks, so you will have plenty of time to hop round and enter as many giveaways as often as you like. My
  • American Ride Review Tour: $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you ever imagined driving down the path of history on a motorcycle? Well, in BYUtv's ground-breaking series American Ride, host Stan Ellsworth will revolutionize the way we learn history and show the audience around significant landmarks in American history on his Harley Davidson. How cool and fun could that be? Host of American Ride, Stan Ellsworth breaks the mold of the stereotypical
  • Fujifilm Portable Printer & $50 Sassy Steals Gift Card Giveaway

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Do you find bargain hunting taking up too much of you time? Are you actively seeking a new way to save while staying on trend? Well, Mom Powered Media and SassySteals are bringing you not only a great deals site, but also the chance to win a cute Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Portable Printer and $50 gift card! The printer is perfect for the on the go amateur photographer with it's easy Wi-Fi
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Ribbon Pillows

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Marriage series. Six months ago I created a marriage course called Better Together.  During the weeks leading up to it’s launch I created a series of marriage tips.  This post is an excerpt from the series.  The thing is…this little tip applies to every aspect of our lives and to every relationship. I know when I start listening to the voices in my mind that want me to compare and find myself lacking to other people or families it ends up making me miserable.  It’s absolutely natural and normal for all of us to compare.  It’s something our brains do because…
  • Lunch Box Notes

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    back to school I can’t believe school is already back in session.  For us, we’ve been back to school for 10 days.  For some of you, this Tuesday is your first day. One of my favorite things to send off to school with my kids is lunch notes.  It’s an awesome way to make, not just the first day of school easier, but everyday of school. Here are some lunch note ideas for you: *Quote movies. In our family, we all love Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite, School of Rock. They all have some awesomely quoteable lines in them. So I’ll pick a quote and then sign it.  I think it’s…
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  • make easy candy corn dessert with kids (not perfect and still cool)

    amy mascott
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween’s almost here, but candy corn and tons of sweet treats have been in the grocery stores for what seems like weeks now. Cora and I took that Halloween spirit and ran with it, creating our own, easy candy corn desserts. It’s always fun to experiment in the kitchen, but when you can let your kids take the lead and use their creativity a bit, it’s all the better. We wanted to have something fun and sweet here for when Aunt Katie and Asher visited this past weekend (so fun!), and that we did. Even though I can’t say that these were perfect for a toddler (we used…
  • halloween word search

    amy mascott
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    originally published 10/26/11 but republished today for you!   Homework time over here this week and last has been a little spooky. Just a bit. Cora and Owen have been rockin the Halloween Word Search, which I made last year for Owen when he was on his crazy word search kick and which I made not a single change to this year. Owen is much more into the ole word search halloween, but Cora did give it a go twice, never actually finding all of the words–or even caring that she didn’t. She did, however, love the idea that she had ‘work’ to do just like Maddy and Owen…
  • brain teasers for kids

    amy mascott
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re longtime fans of brain teasers for kids over here, in any form, at any time. We dig brain teasers at lunchtime, brain teasers in the kitchen, brain teasers for long road trips. Maddy went through a riddle stage last year, when every other day she shared one of a handful of riddles, and ever since then, we’ve been hooked. So I did a bit of poking around the ‘net this past summer in an attempt to nail down any and all freebie brain teasers for kids I could find. I hit the jackpot in a big way. They keep asking for more. Woot. Here’s the skinny. . . Brain Teasers…
  • get kids to read: Kindle eBooks for reluctant readers

    amy mascott
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
          These days, with school in full swing and cool ‘big guy’ neighbors across the street and a travel soccer team to keep him busy, my boy isn’t that big a fan of reading. He’s into Pokemon (ugh). He’s wicked smart on Words With Friends.  And he spends a good amount of his free time thinking about how he can eke time out of his Screen Time Cards for Minecraft and AnimalJam. Honestly, he’s one of the coolest kids I know. And lately, he just hasn’t been digging reading. I get it. Often changes of schedules and shifts in season mean…
  • earn money for your school (& get parents to events!): what you need to know

    amy mascott
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post is brought to you by VolunteerSpot & Bing for Schools.   We are all so busy during the school year, it’s nuts crazy. And it seems like the older our kids get, the more we have to juggle. Many of us know how important it is for us to support our kids’ schools through fundraising, attending events, and volunteering–but it’s tough. I know that especially when the kids were little, it was all I could do to get the kids to school, let alone worry about volunteering or fundraising. I brought blinged-out waterbottles to a Teacher Appreciation luncheon…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Friday Night Treats

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I've spoken before about how I see September as the start of the year and a time for making School related resolutions, and I've even followed up and made sure that I follow through with the promises I make to both the children, the school and myself. I'm pretty sure that making resolutions in the Autumn is engrained from years of British Schooling and I'm sure that even when the children have long left School that I'll still think about making promises (after all that is what resolutions are) in September when I buy myself a new notepad or seven.The latest resolution that I've made with the…
  • Bedtime Stories

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Recently I've changed our bedtime routine. Just a few small changes, but enough to make our evenings run a little smoother and hopefully encourage both Top Ender and Big Boy to a more peaceful and rejuvenating nights sleep.Part of the new routine is after they have finished watching a cartoon in bed, or reading a chapter or two of their book, or writing in their journals, or what ever it is that they want to do before I tell them to turn off their bedroom light is that now after saying their prayers with them I tell them each a story. Big Boy likes this because he knows it is putting off the…
  • Appreciating The Ordinary

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    WARNING. Reading this post may spoil the illusion that my family and I are perfect.I had big plans for the start of last week. Flyfour/Daddy was home as he'd been working over the weekend and as it was unusual to have him home I decided that we needed to do something to mark it. Maybe we could go out for a meal as a family, making use of an early bird special to make the most of our limited funds. Or maybe we could go to one of our favourite lakes for a walk and a picnic and ensure that we were back home early enough to send Top Ender off out on her usual After School activities.In the end we…
  • When Daddy Got Jealous

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Daddy had a couple of days off last week and this meant that instead of me hanging around the house on my own I've been busy trying to cram a million memories into a couple of days. What I didn't realise however was that Daddy was trying to get in on my act.I know, I know. I've already admitted that Daddy makes a better me than me, but this was different. Daddy asked me where my fabric stash was. For a start, how does he know I have a fabric stash?! Then after selecting a suitable piece of fabric, he started work on a craft project, and one that seemed familiar to me...He only went and made a…
  • An Evening Ramble

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    The children and I were back to our normal routine this week, with Thursday coming round and a return to Beavers for Big Boy. As I may have mentioned once or twice (hehehe), because of Big Boy being a Type 1 Diabetic I hang around outside of Beavers in case of an emergency. The lovely ladies that run Beavers are aware of what BB's hypo signs are etc, and it's just an extra "layer" of security for them and me. Luckily there is a lovely park outside the centre where Beavers is held, a cricket ground just opposite and a lovely lane to walk down which leads to a Canal, so Top Ender and I have…
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  • When Kids Keep Forgetting Things at School

    Barbara Greenberg PhD
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
     We’ve all rushed to school to deliver something for our child who has forgotten lunch, a musical instrument or even a signed consent form. Every parent has gotten at least a few of these phone calls or texts from their frantic kids who calm down quickly after you promise them that yep you will bring that item to the main office ASAP. So, you can imagine my surprise and intrigue when I learned that one New Jersey school district has decided to stop unannounced parental visits this Fall. Apparently,the school superintendent in Summit New Jersey is concerned about school safety and…
  • Beet and Butternut Squash Salad with Feta Cheese

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
      Are you ready for a delicious Fall salad?  Here’s one that uses our favorite vegetable of the season — butternut squash.  Roast it with some beets, toss in some feta cheese, walnuts and this special dressing… and you’ve got a 5-star recipe! Ingredients 4 medium-to-large beets, peeled and cut into ½-in. cubes 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½-in. cubes 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste ½ to ¾ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves…
  • 7 Tips For Cooking Up Chemistry Through Conversation

    Marcus Osborne
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When you look for a mate, what are the things you look for? You may say kindness, sensitivity and intelligence, but let’s face it– physical attraction ranks near the top…for everyone. A potential partner’s looks, if we’re being up front here, can be a deal breaker for the average person.  Some people are just plain beautiful by society’s standards. That’s the top ten percent of us. Everyone else has to work with what they’ve got. Count me among those folks. I learned fairly early on that I wasn’t a winner in the looks lottery —…
  • Help, I’m A Worrier!

    Danielle Miller
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do you worry too much?  Unless you live on a secluded, tropical island (and perhaps even then…) you worry about lots of things. Generally speaking, we all have so much going on these days – sometimes more than we feel we can handle – that it seems impossible not to stress about most (or all) of our responsibilities and roles.  Unfortunately, a little worry often leads to a lot of worry, essentially creating an emotional domino effect that can leave even the most confident of us feeling tense and inadequate.    Dr. Noel Goldberg, Licensed Clinical Psychologist…
  • 10 Tips For the Fine Art of Collecting Friends

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Some people collect art, I collect people. Over the years my priceless collection has grown in profound, multi-dimensional ways. Assessing what has allowed me to gather such an extraordinary group around me, I have come to realize that the secret is the heart-first creative approach I take with every single human being I connect with. And with every relationship I cultivate, a part of me grows in incremental ways. My emotional well being increases, my intellectual curiosities are fueled, and most importantly my spirit dances as it connects with the souls of people who are doing, creating, and…
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  • San Francisco on a budget

    Jen Williams
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    San Francisco brings in visitors from all over the world – and with good reason. It’s known as one of the most beautiful cities; teeming with culture and sights around every corner. While it has a reputation as being a bit expensive, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Here’s how to have a perfect family... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 9/27/2014

    Jen Williams
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • How to stretch your grocery budget on your next trip with easy tips and tricks

    Jen Williams
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Making the grocery budget stretch is a common concern and goal for many people and households, and the main grocery purchaser of households across the country confess to using some if not all of these techniques to get the most out of their money. They are easy to use and can even save you time,... [read more]
  • 3 ways to better communicate with your teenager

    Jen Williams
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Teenagers are those mysterious creatures that parents who don’t have them, yet, often hear about from parents who did have them at one time, and who parents currently dealing with teens seem at a loss for answers about. If you find yourself anxious about the teen years with your children, or if you have them... [read more]
  • AT&T GoPhone is great for kids to stay connected on the go

    Jen Williams
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored. All products mentioned and reviewed on this page are compliments of AT&T. All opinions of the products are my own.  Recently I was asked to test out AT&T GoPhone and write about my experience. The truth is I have been an AT&T wireless customer for 10 years so of course I... [read more]
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  • Flip flops

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Lots of folks on the trails this weekend. Several hikers commented on the fact we were wearing our flip flops. Yes, I guess my 6 year old can hike as well as you in your big bad hiking boots. Bam!
  • How do you get a baby in your stomach?

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    That was Grace's first question when she woke today. Apparently the moment you turn 6, lots of deep thinking begins to happen on this topic. She followed it up with: 'Do we put a seed in our stomach and it grows like a tree?' 'Do I already have a baby in my stomach?' 'Did I eat the food mommy swallowed?' 'Where did my poop go?' And of course, 'Why don't boys ever have babies in their stomachs?' For me this was a great opportunity to pretend I was busy doing something else. Finally I said: 'Those are all great questions and you're very smart. One day you'll learn all about that stuff. The good…
  • Hug n' Go

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    It is Grace's favorite way to be picked up from school. She walks down while mommy or daddy waits in the car at the curb. They run an efficient operation over there - parents can't park or exit the car. Hence, hug n' go... Audrey, big 3rd grader, prefers the bus.
  • Castles and princesses still exist

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Happy 6th Grace.
  • Math

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I think this is harsh. She's only off by 1. I mean, how about only saying, "Did you check?"  
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • What I want you to know about dressing to please a guy

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 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 posts is by an a a anonymous writerWhen I met my current boyfriend, I was waltzing around in tacky Forever 21 party tops, unintentionally ripped American Eagle jeans, and Ugg boots. Then, one night I slipped into a sexy little black sequin dress, and he went ga-ga. Ever since then, I've relied on…
  • It gets better: the mall edition

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    I feel like a lot of my writing about parenting lately has an"it gets better" theme. But I have to say, I am enjoying my kids more and more each passing day during this season of life. Don't get me wrong - I've always enjoyed being a mom. But when the kids were little, those peaceful, happy moments together were also interspersed with diaper changes and tantrums and cleaning food off the floor. I wrote last week about how life has gotten so much easier, and yesterday I had an experience that put that into sharp focus . . .I took a kid to the mall.A little backstory - I used to love going to…
  • That's what SHE said: Clair Huxtable, the fallacy of diversity, team Fitz vs. Jake, white people in khakis, and more . . .

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Justice Then Reconciliation | Austin Channing BrownReconciliation requires more than a rainbow of skin-tones at the 11:00 o’clock service. Diversity without justice is assimilation. And assimilation makes clear whose culture is the favored one, the good one, the right one, the holy one. If your culture is the standard for rightness, you have found the Imago Dei in others to be insufficient. It is the definition of racism- the assumed superiority of your race, your culture, your way of being. We can discuss who is assimilating into what, how and why, but a pound of diversity without an ounce…
  • Friday Finds

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Handmade aprons by Fair Trade Africa | Dsenyo.com2. Waxelene | Amazon  3. Solar-powered backpack | BirkSun4. New Balance sneakers | Zulily 5. key pendant| The Giving Keys6. Suede elastic boots for kids | Blundstone7. Games to promote emotional intelligence | EQtainment8. Personalized beach towels |  Stuck On You9. Pumpkin spice tacos |
  • What I Want You To Know About Being The Sister Of A Convicted Sex Offender

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is by NatalieI used to believe in monsters. Until my brother became one. Three years ago, I got a call that my brother had been arrested for molesting his step-daughter. Certain there had been a mistake, I was obviously dumbfounded. Until he confessed. Through slurred words, drunken…
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

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

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

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

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

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:48 pm
    Is it mid-October already?!  I know many are preparing for the new year and I have been working on updating the calendars.  I should have the kawaii mini calendars ready super soon… But just in case you wanted a companion to your 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar, I have the new 2014 page calendar ready for you. This year, I have four different colors for you to choose from… Download and print your favorite. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more goodies! Download Printable – All four calendars (pictured above) More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 Mini…
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  • Boy Mama Confession: Fish Are Not My Friends

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

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

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

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
      So no more, “Clark is the one with the front top tooth out” to help others tell them apart. (Although I think they look pretty distinctive in this picture, I have messed up a couple of times on first glance in person.) Doesn’t it just age them so quickly when they starting loosing teeth? My babies have vanished. Henry has still only lost 1 tooth, while Clark, Isaac, and Brooks are tied with 5.  And yes, the Tooth Fairy is officially bankrupt. —————————— What else is happening around here besides loose teeth…
  • The Road To Becoming a Work At Home Dad Revisited…

    Jennifer Murray
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last year I (Brad) wrote a series of posts about working from home as a dad.  Things have again changed dramatically around here, so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on this topic. If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts you can find them here: Part 1 From Job Security to Insecurity Part 2 Unemployed Dad of Quadruplets Part 3 Trusting the Lord in Uncertainties Part 4 The Beginnings of a Business Part 5 Game Over? Or Just Beginning? Part 6 Lessons in Entrepreneurship Part 7 Moving Forward The biggest change in our home in the past few months is…
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  • Juice Plus+ Immunity Booster Kit Giveaway

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    I have always been into health. I try to eat healthy and stay fit. I also enjoy products that help you stay healthy. Naturally, when I got the chance to try Juice Plus+ products, I was very excited. I have a friend who swears by them and I love supplements that are based on whole food based nutrition. I was provided with Juice Plus+ product to facilitate review. I received no monetary compensation and all opinions expressed are my own. Juice Plus+ Chewables Review: For Back-to-School season, I was sent some Juice Plus+ Chewables to try. My children and I have been enjoying them. The Juice…
  • Vectra Premier Protection From Fleas

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Last year I spoke at the Bark World which a really amazing conference for all things pets and social media. While I was there I was introduced to a lot of great pet brands and products. One of the brands I found out about was Vectra which offers premier protection from fleas and other parasites. After suffering from a flea infestation in the past, I have come to think of protection from fleas as an absolute must (for my pet and for me!) I know there are many products that offer protection from fleas and I have probably tried most of them with varying results. I have noticed lately that some…
  • 6 Ideas for DIY Halloween Costumes

    Meredith Rodefer
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halloween costumes can be expensive, so why not make them yourself?    Here are 6 ideas for DIY Halloween costumes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and look great.  This Halloween, have some fun and try one of these DIY Halloween costumes instead of store bought.  They are fun to make and you get to add your own creative touches to homemade Halloween costumes. DIY Halloween Costumes That Are Easy And Inexpensive Fairly Odd Parents Fairly Odd Parents- Fun DIY Halloween Couples Costumes Last year, my boyfriend and I recreated the two iconic fairies from Nickelodeon’s Fairly Odd…
  • DIY Autumn Wreath With Detachable Spooky Letters

    Elizabeth Dooley
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Here is an easy and simple step-by-step DIY autumn wreath tutorial. October is coming up and that means Halloween decorations! So give your classic autumn wreath the spirit of Halloween with spooky detachable letters. A simple wreath can go a long way whether you plan on decorating the house or not for this fall season. DIY Autumn Wreath Tutorial DIY Autumn Wreath with Detachable Letters DIY Autumn Wreath Supplies: Grape vine wreath Different autumn themed bushes Glue gun optional Wood letters optional Paint optional Glitter optional Hooks optional DIY Autumn Wreath Instructions: Grape…
  • RealPlayer Cloud Free App and A Roku 2 Giveaway

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    This post is brought to you by RealPlayer Cloud. All opinions expressed are my own. RealPlayer Cloud Is A Free App That Lets You Store Videos From Your Phone and Easily Watch Them On Your TV Later RealPlayer Cloud is a free app that’s designed specifically for videos. For many families, taking videos on a smartphone is the new normal.  Camcorders seem to be going by the wayside for home videos.  However, videos take up a lot of space on cell phones; and, if you lose your phone, you lose those memories forever. The RealPlayer Cloud app solves those problems.  The app is an easy way to…
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  • I AM ELEVEN documentary opening in LA

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    “I think at heat we are all the same person….at heart, we’re just really all the same.” These are the words from one eleven year old in Genevieve Bailey’s lovely new documentary, called “I AM ELEVEN,” which opens today at Laemmle’s in Los Angeles. Bailey, an Australian filmmaker, traveled the globe and interviewed 15 eleven year old children from all walks of life. The filmmaker poses questions to them about themselves and the world. I had the chance to screen this movie, and am excited now to show it to my children. Hearing from these 15 kids from such a cross section of…
  • 6 great portable family games

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Spending time with the kids on hot lazy summer days can be a great family bonding experience. Or it can be incredibly trying. There’s nothing worse than hearing, “I’m bored, Mom. There’s nothing to do!” While I like to encourage my kids to be resourceful and make their own fun, I also like to steer them towards interactive games they can play together or that we can play as a family. Here are some of the best ones I’ve found. 1. TENZIS (a ridiculously simple dice game that’s great for all ages) 2. DWEEBIES (an obsessive card game) 3. Story Cubes (dice covered with pictures…
  • LACityMom Family Travel : Istanbul, Turkey

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:52 am
    We have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote for the Four Seasons Istanbul, and you can click on this video that links to LACityMom’s new you tube LACityMom Travel channel. From the Four Seasons Family Holidays Website:  “Your family will love Istanbul, Turkey. And the good news is: there are two Four Seasons in this exotic, historic,…
  • Summer Sounds For Kids at the Bowl

    23 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    If you’re looking for something fun but also cultural to do with your little ones,  The Hollywood Bowl has daily music performances and Art Workshops  for kids from  July 7th – August 1st.  This is such a great program and a wonderful way to introduce your children to music. Here’s all the info below. SummerSounds is a four-week festival of world music and arts for children ages 3 to 9 takes place weekday mornings, beginning on Monday, July 7, and running weekdays until Friday, August 1, 2014. SummerSounds explores world music through creative, fun-filled programs,…
  • Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Dillon Rogers Jewelry

    2 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember the first personalized baby gift that arrived after my daughter was born: a silver baby cup with her initials engraved on it. It meant so much to me seeing her initials etched into the shiny surface, as if it made her existence somehow more real. I have since found a modern version equivalent to the silver cup, this time a mommy gift with the same sweet sentiment. Dillon Rogers’ collection of personalized necklaces are stunning, fun, and so easy to wear. They offer a wide range of pendants made with silver, gold, or even mother of pearl disks personalized with your child’s…
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  • Mum walks in on her baby having a “conversation’ with their dog!

    Justina Goh
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post Mum walks in on her baby having a “conversation’ with their dog! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Mummy do-overs: What would you do differently with your next child?

    Justina Goh
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Mums, do you have any parenting regrets? Share with us – what would you do differently with your next child? Do leave a comment below! Reference: The post Mummy do-overs: What would you do differently with your next child? appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • MindChamps Pre School at JTC Summit

    Minoli Almeida
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    MindChamps at JTC Summit MindChamps at JTC Summit values strong parent-teacher partnerships, and endeavors to stay connected with parents via various channels. They provide timely updates about each child’s daily routine and academic progress in school. Through weekly updates, the week’s learning — such as new vocabulary and new concepts introduced — are shared with parents, so these can be reinforced at home. The ‘Connection Book’ also documents the classroom activities Champs engage in during the day, with supporting photographs that show the…
  • Recipe: Peanut butter jelly rice cereal bars

    Justina Goh
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Peanut butter jelly rice cereal bars – courtesy of SKIPPY® Ingredients: 62g SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 142g marshmallows 3 cups rice puff cereal 21g grape jelly Steps: Microwave SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter in a large bowl for 1 minute Add marshmallows and stir, coating them evenly Microwave for another minute until marshmallows are melted. Stir with a spatula. Pour in rice puff cereal and stir quickly before it hardens Pour half of the SKIPPY® mixture in a pan, taking care to press it into the corners Spread grape jelly onto the SKIPPY® mixture Spread remaining…
  • Big brother dedicates a touching song for his sister with Down’s Syndrome!

    Justina Goh
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The post Big brother dedicates a touching song for his sister with Down’s Syndrome! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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  • Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Jerry Sandusky. Michael Jackson. Mary Kay Letourneau. All of these individuals were accused and/or convicted of committing unspeakable crimes against children. While certainly upsetting, these high profile cases are a good opportunity to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe, as parents are the first and most powerful line of defense against predators. When parents educate their children, and make home a safe place for kids to ask questions and talk about their experiences, children are less likely to become victims. Having a discussion with your child about online and…
  • "Our Morning Routine Isn't Working" 6 Ways to Fix It Now 

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Maybe you started out the school year on the right foot. All those late summer discussions about your kids getting organized, laying their clothes out the night before, getting out of bed on time, fixing their own breakfast, getting through the morning without arguments you really thought you got through to them.
  • 6 Brain Training Exercises for Children and Teens

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    When you look at kids and people in general, it"s easy to see that we all have differences in our "wiring," in how our brains work. As a parent, you see these differences between your children every day. Your son is great at figuring out how long it will take him to write that English paper while your daughter always seems to think she"ll get it done in an hour, even though she never does. Or one child remembers everything she"s told, while the other can"t remember a log-in and password a minute after you just said it.
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Evenflo Symphony LX with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat: Review and Coupon #EvenfloPlatinum @EvenfloBaby

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

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

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

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    28 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    I am running a FREE 7 day health support group for people to get nutrition tips, fitness tips, and information on jump starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle. It starts on June 1st, and there is limited availability. Please email me as soon as possible at if you would like to learn more or if you would like me to hold a spot for you. The only thing you need to participate is access to Facebook as the group will be held in the form of a private Facebook group (only the members of the group can see the activity there). I hope you will join me! **This is only…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Mamatography – Week 5 and 6

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    This post is part of the Mamatography 2014 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje. We are taking (at least) a photo a day, a collage or a picture each week to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos! Click Get the code here below to add the blog hop to your blog and join the fun. (Also sign up to be added to a comment group!) March 19 – April 1, 2014
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • 7 Pearl Pendants That She’ll Absolutely Adore

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

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

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The rising cost of fuel remains one of the biggest concerns for today’s motorists. Due to the fact that gas prices are expected to remain high, drivers must find innovative ways to get better gas mileage. Here are a few proven ways to curb a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Lower highway speeds Studies have shown that most vehicles get significantly worse gas mileage when traveling in excess of 60 miles-per-hour. In order to overcome the additional wind resistance, the engine is forced to use more fuel to maintain a constant speed. Drivers can improve their vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 20…
  • Outdoors Yoga Sounds Fun To Me

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    As a mother I am a huge fan of yoga pants. I have so many pairs that one would think I was a yoga addict. And while I am currently not, it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish to be. To me Yoga looks like an activity of grace and poise that I am dying to learn about. With great yoga mats it can be done anywhere, even in the beauty of the outdoors. I can imagine doing a yoga class outdoors in the crisp fall New England air. There would be trees all around, and grass that was still green before the weather really started to change. Probably in a park. I would have a yoga mat from The Clymb. I…
  • The Fun of Wearing Leggings

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    In my life I always want my fashion choices to be both comfortable and fashionable. With my lifestyle of being a mom that works outside of the home it is a must. One of my fashion staples is printed leggings. And these are my top choice since I can’t wear jogger pants to work every day. If only that was acceptable right? I would be the most relaxed worker ever. I would either bring a lot of energy to the sales floor or would be ready for nap time. But let’s talk about leggings! I have tons of favorite leggings like Aztec leggings at rue21. And there are tons of different ways to wear…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Homemade Crepes with Pumpkin Syrup {recipe}

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nothing says Fall like Pumpkin and this week I experimented and scored with a pumpkin breakfast that I just had to share. I love that this recipe for Homemade Crepes with Pumpkin Syrup is so darn easy. I’ve taken my tried and true Crepe Recipe, substituted International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer for part of the milk to add pumpkin flavor the the crepes, and then made a homemade pumpkin syrup to top the yummy crepes. The pumpkin syrup is on the very thick side, so it’s more like a compote, perfect as a filling for the crepes and hearty enough for any Fall breakfast. So…
  • Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings {DIY Decor}

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to make DIY Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings for Halloween or even Fall is a craft that’s relatively inexpensive and easy, but looks amazing. There’s just something about how the colors and elements that go together that is so lovely and pleasing to the eye.  You’ll only need a few items, too!   So, go gather some felt, ribbon, sewing machine and get assembling.  You’ll love how your DIY Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings turn out! Supplies Needed for Making a Felt Pumpkin Napkin Rings: Orange Felt Ribbon Pumpkin Template (search under google images) Sewing Machine Scissors…
  • Captain America and M&M’s® Hero Bites & Blizzards {recipe}

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias HeroesEatMMs Are you as excited about the release of Captain America: The Winter Solider DVD on September 9 as we are?  We decided to take the release to a whole new level and have a viewing party complete with M&M® Hero Bites and Blizzards.  What better way to celebrate getting back into the swing of school than with a  viewing party complete with a great movie, fun theme based snacks {Hero Bites & Blizzards} and Superheroes?   #HeroesEatMMs Scroll…
  • Healthy Easy Snacks for Kids

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am knows How to Make Delicious Healthy Easy Snack Recipes for Kids! These three recipes are fabulous for kids, especially for after school because they are easy and they can help make them.  They include Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pin Wheel Sandwiches, a Quesadilla Bar, and Oatmeal Cookie Smoothies.   Happy Snacking, y’all! Kids Can Make: Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches - These fun and colorful pinwheels can be made in the morning and kept chilled for an easy lunch or afternoon snack. Let the little kids wash and spin dry the…
  • Best Homemade Popcorn

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to make homemade popcorn is easier than you make think with this recipe.  Now, it IS a little more work to make homemade popcorn than the microwave popcorn, but well worth it.  It’s not full of preservatives and artificial ingredients and it’s low in fat.  Plus, my kids love it way more than even movie theater popcorn! Popcorn Ingredients: Popcorn Kernels (Orville Redenbacher or Jiffy) Vegetable Oil or Popcorn Oil Sea Salt Butter Instructions: 1.  On medium to high heat add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to bottom of pot (enough to almost cover the bottom).  Add 4-5 kernels to the pot.
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  • Hello world!

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Welcome to katbroon. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • My Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Experience

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Do you have a bucket list, or any set number of experiences you want to have in your lifetime? Well, since its inception I have wanted to participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day event, but for one reason or another the timing of the event did not make it possible. The 3 Day is when thousands of women and men walk 60 miles over 3 days in an effort to raise money to end breast cancer. This year it will take place in 7 cities across the country during September and October. This year, finally, I was able to participate. Ready to accept the challenge and mark this off my bucket…
  • How to Support Your Favorite NFL Players While Giving Back

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In my home we have a saying with regards to football season. Being from New York I am still partial to my Giants despite what might be another dismal season ahead. Living in Philly with three Eagles fans I now root for them too, except when they play against the Giants, of course. So in our house we root for the Eagles, the Giants, and whoever is playing against the Cowboys. After all, you either love the Cowboys or you hate them. There is no in-between. Though we are an anti-Cowboy household, I still have a deep secret respect for the Cowboys of my heyday. The guys who we see now as…
  • How to Help Loved Ones Get – and Stay Sober

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Addiction and substance abuse have been in the headlines quite a bit lately. From Philip Seymour Hoffman to Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Williams, and so many others, there are very real public and private battles with addiction happening every single day. Afflicting people of all financial situations, ages, races, and religions, addiction does not discriminate. When I was a kid I knew this one girl, who I will call Beth. She was extremely bright with a big smile and a hearty laugh, though few people got to see it. Most days she was in her room by herself, reading or listening to music. Beth was…
  • How Jeremy Scott Made Success Mandatory

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
      Jeremy Scott is a self-proclaimed “master of failure.” That sounds pretty pathetic, does it not? However, it is through his mastery of failures that Jeremy Scott has developed an appreciation for success. Not just the pinnacle of success, but the process of succeeding. In his new book, Make Success Mandatory, Jeremy offers his exercises and tips for success in your life. As a fitness trainer and coach, he has seen firsthand what makes people (including himself) thrive after years and years of failing. It’s all about attitude. Several of the points in the book are based off of…
  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. I cannot and do not claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses. I can, however, present you…
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  • Born in Malaysia: Malaysian Legacy on Print

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

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

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

    Abel Cheng
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    It’s been months when we made the trip. Coming to 9 months to be exact. My bad. I know I have been sitting on it until now before I took the effort to post the story about our Johor trip here. Anyway, better late than never, right? Since my wife was busy with work, we couldn’t go overseas but decided to take a local road trip to Johor for the year end holiday in 2013. Johor is chosen because it’s the most unexplored state for us. Needless to say, among other attractions, Legoland Malaysia is the highlight of the trip. Muar We took the North-South Expressway to Johor and our…
  • Key to overcoming shyness in children

    Abel Cheng
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Photo Credit: Umberto Salvagnin I didn’t expect this to happen so soon. Especially judging from the introvert nature of J. When she was much younger, J needed much time to get along and socialize with someone she had not seen before. Betting her to go crazy playing with someone she hardly knew would have left you shirtless. All these and more have changed. I am not saying that she is highly sociable now but she’s at least much better than before. During a recent visit to her grandparents’ house, she took no time to play unreservedly with grandpa, grandmas, uncles and…
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    Life With Boys

  • The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go?

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go? Read more →
  • The Curse of Social Media

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Social Media is great. I use it as a way to see what my kids are doing-yes, they live with us, no they don’t always tell us everything. I can keep in touch with my Mom, Roy’s parents, friends that live on the other side of the country, and of course who can forget the […] Read more →
  • Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What?

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What? Read more →
  • It Wasn’t All Bad…

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    And when I say bad, well that was just for lack of a better word. the past few months have had some real highs and some real lows-locking myself in the bathroom to cry because I missed Joe springs to mind. BUT, throughout all the twists and turns we ran into when we sent our […] Read more →
  • Emotional Roller Coaster

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    I’ve been absent for the past few months. Sure, I posted sporadically, and it wasn’t just because Roy was moving me to a new platform. I haven’t been posting for one simple reason: I’ve felt out of sorts lately. Yes, a lot of it had to do with Joe leaving and moving on to this […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Musings Of A First Time Mommy-To-Be

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Ashanti Berkeley As of this week I am officially 26 weeks pregnant and I feel great. I am beyond excited to meet my baby girl and be the best mother I can possible be. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I can take care of another human being mentally and financially, but I later realized at this point I had no choice—she was already on her way. The support from my family is overwhelming,especially from my mother. At first she showed great concern about how I would take care of a baby (which is every mothers concern) but now everything is about her grandbaby. She always takes…
  • My Husband Took Me To A Super Walmart For Our First Date. Here’s Why I Married Him Anyway.

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    I was a giddy college freshman the first time I laid eyes on my future husband. There was something about this guy that had me intrigued and I knew in that instant that he introduced himself that he would be a big part of my future. I spent the next eight months (yes, eight months) conveniently showing up to events he was hosting, participating in campus groups he ran and basically just making myself seen. (Some call it stalking, I call it “being in the game.”) In the meantime, I went on a couple dates with guys here and there, but I knew this dude was going to be in my life. One…
  • The Problem With “You Should Have Thought Of That Before You Got Pregnant”

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I stumbled upon this beautiful video from the young women at Global Girl Media, taking an up close and personal look at teen pregnancy. Featured in the video is 17-year-old Ameerah, mom to one-year-old son Jamir. Her mother has been incarcerated for much of her life and after discovering she was pregnant at 16, her guardian kicked her out of the house. She is now homeless, crashing on different couches from week to week and trying to provide for her son as best she can. Calls to local resources for teen parents netted absolutely zero assistance, leaving Ameerah wondering how she is going to…
  • Ask YML: How Do I Get My Child’s Father To Be More Active In Our Child’s Life?

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Dear YML, Often times I find myself making excuses for the faults and absence of my child’s father…what would be the appropriate way to address him to let him know I would like him to be more present and active in his child’s life? I think you can make the request (“[Your child] would love to see you more often”) but ultimately it is on your child’s father to act and make the effort. You can do your part (sending him emails about your child’s school events, inviting him to the playground, etc.) but don’t feel like YOU have failed because he…
  • #SheInspires | Regina Coley, Founder of

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    As the creator of, Regina has made it her mission to share resources and information to make day-to-day life for young moms everywhere just a little easier. Is it any wonder she ended up as my inspirational mom of the week? Read on to learn a little more about Regina and stop by her website – tell her The Young Mommy sent you! Name: Regina E. Coley Age: 27 Kids: 3 children: ages 7, 4, and 5 months Blog: Whenever I have a moment of free time I look forward to… READING in the tub. Magazines, books, blogs…just reading! My mommy…
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    » Athena Bees

  • Become A Freelancer Or Work On Passive Income?

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    There are many websites that can promise you a very lucrative online earning capacity. You find that they promise you the world, making you on about $ 1000 per day is what they have advertised on their website. However, they charge a certain amount of fee for the enrolment, after which, they give you a set of instructions that you need to follow in order to make that amount of money. In reality, or you get are instructions that can be freely found all across the Internet. So, when you think about it, it is very evident that you will be able to get a lot of feasibility on your online earning,…
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    Raising Great Men™

  • 5 Healthy Habits to Teach Your Son

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Things Your Momma Won’t Tell You about Being Pregnant

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Being pregnant is, without a doubt, a beautiful thing. When you really put things into perspective, the thought that a human body can create a living breathing being from one tiny little cell (two in my case!) is downright miraculous. I was pregnant one time; and I gave birth to two beautiful babies. It was a life changing experience that I will never forget. With that being said, I can say with absolute certainty that I do NOT want to be pregnant again. Being pregnant is HARD dangit! For all of that beauty and “miraculousness”, there’s a side of pregnancy that many don’t speak…
  • 5 Date Night Ideas that Will Reignite the Romance

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Date night – It’s a sacred rite of married life that can give you the opportunity to give your union a little boost. It’s the perfect time to bond with your spouse and let off a little steam; but even in the perfect of circumstances, date night can very easily become mundane and can even be seen as a waste of your hard earned money. Don’t let date night fall by the wayside! The National Marriage Project released a report which found that couples who make it a point to devote time to one another at least once per week are more likely to enjoy a more fulfilling…
  • Kids and Competition: Is the “No Winner, No Loser” Mentality Really Helping Kids?

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Life is all about competition. You win or lose a job, a boyfriend (or girlfriend), or even a best friend. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it has always been. So why are kid’s sports teams taking all of the competition out of… the competition? In an effort to promote what they call “Long Term Player Development,” the Ontario Soccer Association has ruled that all U-12 teams will no longer keep track of goals during the game or keep league standings.  Well, most parents like myself, who come from what I consider “the old school” way of thinking, believe…
  • It’s Child Passenger Safety Week! Are You Using the Right Car Seat for your Kid?

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    T he facts are like a slap in the face: Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13; and in most of those cases the deaths and injuries could have been prevented if the car seat, booster seat, or seat belt used had actually been used properly. Child passenger safety is something that I know many of us take for granted. We just snap our kid in and go with the belief that we’re doing our due diligence; but the reality is that only a small percentage of parents are actually using the proper car seat in the proper way for their child’s age and weight. It’s sobering…
  • How One Little App from Sears can save you Some Serious Time and Money

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      I know you were drawn in by the possibility of saving more time and money (because who doesn’t need to save that?!); but I want to start with an awesome personal story inspired by Sears… I remember getting up early one Saturday morning. I was around 8-years-old and was ready to start my morning with some cartoons, my favorite cereal, and some ice cold milk. I headed toward the big green fridge in the corner of our kitchen (It was the 80’s. Don’t judge.) and I heard a terrible noise come from the box. I knew, even at 8, that it wasn’t a good sign. I opened the fridge to…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • 4 Reasons to #BuildAnAdventure with Your Son @BoyScouts

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with Boys Scouts of America and The Motherhood, all opinions are my own.  As a mom of four boys, I am always mindful of the job that was entrusted to me when each of them way born. It is my responsibility to do my best to ensure that they grow into fine young men, and I wake up each morning worried as to whether I am doing a good enough job. Let's
  • Skinny Cowboy Hamburger #Recipe

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine. I love food. Really really love it. Unfortunately, it does not return my affection. In fact, it does nothing lately but add more layers to my middle. That's why I am always on the lookout for ways to slim down meals and make them a leaner choice for my family. Butterball Turkey Burgers are one of my favorite
  • Tips for Managing Multiple Cats #FreshStepCats

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter. All opinions are 100% mine. We are a home of many pets. In fact, we have 10, and two of those are indoor cats. Having multiple cats can be a lot like having multiple kids at times. They can be stinky, messy and sometimes they don't get along. That said, we have a few ways that we go about living life
  • How I Went Insane Riding a Waterslide in Kansas City! #Travel #VisitKCK

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Sitting in my seat on the air conditioned bus on the way to Schlitterbahn a little past nine in the morning, I couldn't help but second guess my decision to be on this "extreme" press trip to Kansas City. Today we had crossed the river and gone from Kansas City, MO. to Kansas City, KS. with the sole intention of having an "extreme" day of fun. Now, as we shuffled past a winding line of people
  • Exclusive 10% Off Coupon for Outback Steakhouse!

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I have had an amazing time this year being an Outback Steakhouse Ambassador. Some of you might remember that I had the opportunity to visit their headquarters down in Tampa earlier this year to experience the roll out of the Moonshine BBQ items that were featured on their menus this summer. Man, do I miss that Moonshine BBQ already! Good news is, that Outback Steakhouse has a stable base of
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Would You Like A Playroom In Your Garden?

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Urban architecture has evolved greatly in the last decade and due to its evolution more and more people are improving their homes, their outdoor spaces and the proprieties that they own. There are people who have moved their office at home and created garden offices, others have made their own cultures of fruits and vegetables and there are some who wanted to have a recreational room just outside of their house. It’s very easy to create such an environment with all the companies that are available out there. There are companies that handle garden spacesand enhance them at the will of the…
  • Organizing and Decorating the Kid's Playroom

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Fixing the kid's playroom is a never ending joy for me. Truth be told, I don't consider it a task because I actually enjoy the process so much. Organizing my kid's toys is a form of therapy for me. Sometimes when I have a hard time getting my sleep at night, I get up from bed and go to the playroom to put things back in order. I find happiness in tidying my kids' mess. It reminds me how blessed I am to have active, happy and creative children.Before I get way too emotional here, let me talk about my unfinished playroom project. What you see in the photo above is just a part of the designated…
  • An Insight Into the Baby Development Process

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    It is of huge importance that you track your child's physical and mental development from birth and record his progress once he starts showing first signs of sensory and mental perception. Every caring parent must be well acquainted with the baby development process and learn all of tips and hints of child-rearing. From being a defenseless newborn to an active toddler, your child will achieve many accomplishments - milestones you have to be ready for. These milestones will vary depending on the individuality, genes and nourishment that your baby will get from you. However, there is a certain…
  • 3 Important Things to Consider Before Planning for Baby No. 3

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    I am seriously considering to have one more baby. In fact, I gave myself a deadline this year because I am already 35 years not that old young. My baby no.1 and baby no.2's big age gap isn't by choice but by the grace of God. HE truly knew the perfect time to answer our fervent prayers to have a baby boy. By the time I got pregnant in 2011 after a painful waiting game for a couple of years, we were considerably really financially stable and emotionally well-prepared.Having said that, planning for baby no.3 is a totally different story. We just acquired our own flat last year…
  • Must See Trans-Siberian Travel Tips for Nature Enthusiasts

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Siberia has something for every nature-seeking outdoors enthusiast, year round. With icy-cold winters, and hot summers, travellers can choose to visit at a time of year that suits their interest; hiking and mountaineering in the summer, and winter sports during cold season. Siberia is vast and is spread over 10 million square kilometres. The west is covered by swampy plain, forests dominate the centre, and the east has mountain peaks over 3,000 metres in height.Here’s a look at some of the most breath-taking places to explore across Siberia while not breaking your travel budget. Siberia is…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Make It Right: This Mom Uses Her Voice to Make a Difference in Youth Sports

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports.  There are lots of folks out there who...Read More
  • “Dear Coach”: An Open Letter from Sports Parents

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every season, coaches around the world call parent meetings so they can tell you things you need to hear; things like schedules, philosophy about playing time, volunteer needs, and fundraising. They have important information for you–all things that need to be said. But I wonder what you would say if you could call a meeting for the coaches and return the favor...Read More
  • Is the Cost of Youth Sports Worth It?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Cost of youth sports seems to take more and more out of parental wallets every year. The cost of equipment, travel teams, travel expenses, private coaching. and miscellaneous fees can add up to thousands of dollars spent each year for one family. Is it really worth it? And what are you hoping to get...Read More
  • Mental Toughness Podcast: Why Does Your Child Want to Quit?

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the second in a series of podcasts on Mental Toughness. Today, I welcome VJ Stanley, youth sports expert, speaker, and author of Stop the Tsunami in Youth Sports. VJ’s book focuses on achieving balanced excellence and health while embracing the value of playing for fun. In other words, let the kids have fun!...Read More
  • TeamSnap and JBM Thinks Launch MAKE IT RIGHT Campaign

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So am I! That’s why I am teaming up with TeamSnap this fall for a Make It Right Campaign. Our goal, for the next few months, will be to share with you stories of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • How Would You Describe Your Child?

    Darcy Zalewski
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    I stared at the question on the preschool parent questionnaire. How would you describe your child? I’m not sure why, but I always hated being asked about my baby’s temperament at well baby checks. It felt like there was a possibility of giving the wrong answer or labeling unintentionally or being just plain wrong. I mean, how do you describe what a baby is like? They cry, poop and eat. The better question was always how was my temperament dealing with it all. How would you describe your child? Some days — you know, the rough ones — my views about my kids can get…
  • Bring on Brinner! 12 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

    Darcy Zalewski
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    This collection of delicious breakfast for dinner recipes is sponsored by, a place where you can collect and organize recipes online. Check out 12 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes by Darcy Zalewski at I love breakfast foods, but I don’t get to enjoy as many of them as I would like at breakfast. This is why I love breakfast for dinner. Or, dinner for breakfast when I was working third shift. When I was pregnant, I really liked having breakfast for dinner because a lot of my favorites were too carb heavy for my gestational diabetes to handle in the morning. But, I was…
  • The #LeapTV Pre-Sale is Here!

    Darcy Zalewski
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! One of this year’s hottest holiday toys is on pre-sale today — September 2! The new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going to be a hot Christmas present this year. It’s officially on our wishlist for the kids this Christmas. The LeapTV gaming console looks like it finally meets the video gaming needs for preschoolers by being designed with them in mind. There are three different ways to play – by moving, by pointing the controller, and classic controller play. The…
  • Keeping Myself Accountable {Weight Loss Update}

    Darcy Zalewski
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I’m the type of person who is filled with ideas and likes to go all in on something to the point of obsession. I tend to burn myself out of motivation this way. It’s taken quite a few years to really recognize this. I still start new things eagerly, but my passion and commitment have longer staying power because I can look at the big picture better than in the past. Quick and frequent victories do a lot to keep me fired up  though. Somehow I’m supposed to keep up with them! Recently we were hanging out with some friends. One we hadn’t seen in about a month told me I…
  • The LeapFrog LeapTV Pre-Sale is Coming Soon! #LeapTV

    Darcy Zalewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! One of this year’s hottest holiday toys is going on pre-sale on September 2! Yes, I really do think the new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going to be a hot Christmas present this year. It’s going on our wishlist, that’s for sure! As I mentioned before, our kids do some gaming with us, but there isn’t much out there that is a good fit for preschoolers. Some of the video games out now seem like they’d be fun for my daughter, but then she gets frustrated if…
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    One Little Mister

  • Achieve The Ultimate Clean With Cascade Platinum Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. I recently had a brunch... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Essio Shower Blogger Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Essio Shower Blogger Giveaway ESSIO is the greatest thing to happen to showers since running water itself. It clips onto any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into the shower water at... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Easy & Healthy Back to School Snacks

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
      WOW!  It’s that time of year again and it came up on me waaaay too fast!  I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t ready for this school year yet.  So this week I started scrambling to come up... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Encourage Your Child to Like Music by Purchasing a Guitar

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is said that a learning an instrument at a very young age drastically improves the intelligence and confidence of any child. Guitars that are crafted from high-quality woods are perfect if you’re... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Cascade Platinum Put To The Ultimate Test & Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Diva’s and Cascade. I was provided with products and a shopping stipend to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. My dishwasher... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Trying to say something without actually saying it...

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

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    We are considering a move back to the UK within the next year.  Nothing's certain, but in an effort to have all our ducks in a row in case we do relocate, Boys #1 and #2 need to get ready for entrance exams to possible new schools.This presents any number of challenges, but one of the main ones to exercise my mind at present is teaching them how to write.Yes, of course they can write; let me explain...Their current school is very keen on IT, to the extent that Boy #1 in Grade 5 should already have access to his own laptop (he doesn't - but only because we haven't got round to sorting…
  • Piano man

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Here's a very middle-class statement for you: we had the piano tuned recently - as you do. Apparently this is a yearly necessity here in Moscow, where the central heating and dry atmosphere play havoc with most wood-based instruments*.  Given that in addition to these problems it was manhandled to a different room - twice - over the summer, left unattended in a houseful of workmen for 6 weeks (more of which another time), and that the humidifier Boy #2's piano teacher recommended we buy to keep it in good condition has been sitting in a cupboard after I used it for a week only to realise…
  • Am I back? Well, sort of...

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The holidays are over (for us, anyway), the Potski family are back in Moscow, and Boys #1 and #2 are back in school which, after 9 weeks with them 24/7 is - I have to admit - a bit of relief.It's not that I don't enjoy spending time with my children, you understand.Just that it's quite nice have a bit of time myself. I have a long list of stuff I need to get sorted, not least of which is editing Draft #1 of The Great Work*, and which I have promised myself I will have finished by the end of September.  There's other stuff happening too; planning for the future, putting the pieces in…
  • No words needed for this one, I think...

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Oh, and whilst I'm at it, no filter needed on this photo, either...
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    Abundant Mama

  • Self-Care for Highly Sensitive Moms

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    For a long time, in my early years as a mother, I thought self-care was going out with other moms. Moms Nights Out. This has such an appeal to it. But, as it turned out, those nights out were also the only time I was taking time for myself. And, as a highly sensitive mom, large group outings with other moms in noisy restaurants can often leave me feeling anything but refreshed and nurtured. And while I always enjoyed some aspects of those nights out, the truth is that afterward I also felt a lot more … Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Unheard and unseen. Lonely. Yes, lonely. Large group…
  • Are You a Highly Sensitive Mom?

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    I didn’t know I was a highly sensitive person until I became a mother. We were living in a small city with a lot of noise. Regular, everyday noise didn’t bother me. Loud, thumping base, however, was the first thing to start setting my sensitivities into high gear. And then factor in the intense, often pyschotic-feeling of serious sleep deprivation that goes along with taking care of twin infants. That’s around the time I started feeling the effects of being highly sensitive. Every high pitch or low pitch noise made me cringe. Too many things happening at once in the same…
  • 10 Ways to Know You NEED to Slow Down and Ban Busy

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    This time of the year, we all seem to be running at full speed on the treadmill of life and it can be really hard to see the big picture of what you should be doing. And it can be really hard to make those tough decisions on what to focus on right now versus later. And those pressures pile up and we start to toss them right onto our children and our partners as well. So many moms have expressed this same concern to me this week in The Abundant Mama Project Online Program. They literally cannot imagine slowing down. So many big dreams and goals, so little time. So many responsibilities, so…
  • 22 Life and Parenting Lessons From The TV Show Parenthood

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A few years ago, my husband and I decided to sit down on the couch one Friday night and watch the first episode of a show called “Parenthood” on Netflix. We were instantly hooked. That night marked what became our Friday Night Couch Dates. We can’t always find a babysitter and we don’t always have the money for a babysitter and, honestly, we don’t always have a ton of energy by the end of the week to even “Go Out.” Friday Night Couch Dates have been a wonderful way to stay connected each week. And the TV show Parenthood is the kind of emotional roller…
  • Learning to Trust Yourself As a Mother

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    I’m so pleased to see this lovely Mama’s story of becoming an Abundant Mama shared here in this space today. Lilyam is such as sweet mama and I love that she has learned to trust herself as a mother and to really believe in herself, too. This confession is about the sparkling moments I missed of my precious daughter who was about to turn 5 a year ago. And I missed them because I was so used to rushing all the time and also because of lack of sleep and tiredness after my youngest was born. I found myself in a place I don’t wish on any mother. I couldn’t say YES or even…
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  • Strawberry Body Shape: Shopping For Blazers

    Allison Cooper
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Hello lovelies! I hope that you are all having a wonderful Tuesday! Sorry for the late post, but I spent my morning celebrating fashion, motherhood, and blogging at the wonderful Fashion Forward Conference and it was such a great experience! It is always motivational for me to hang out with some like-minded mamas and feel empowered about being an influencer in the fashion realm! Anyways…the morning started off with a wonderful fashion show for both kids and moms featuring brands such as J.Jill, Miracle Suit (which now has more than just bathing suits–stay tuned!), CAbi Clothing,…
  • American Girl Abroad: Function vs. Fashion in Iceland!!

    Deborah Hetrick Catanese
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    When you are traveling to a place where there are more sheep than people and more potentially active volcanoes underground than imagined sharks on your beach vacation, you may begin to wonder why it matters what you wear.  But those of us who love fashion know that we can cover the bases of function while still loving how we rock our style.  And nowhere is this debate over function vs. fashion more clear than in the wild and wonderful world of Iceland. Fashion vs. Function in Iceland! It may seem true at first glance in an outdoors mecca like Iceland that outdoorsy functional clothes are…
  • 5 Fall Handbags Worth The High Price Tag

    Allison Cooper
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    I’ll be the first to admit that even if you may want a new handbag every season, you don’t actually need one. I have a few wonderful handbags that I love, but I only upgrade when necessary. The great thing about spending a decent amount of money on a beautiful and durable handbag means that it will last you for years to come. So, before breaking into our top 5 fall handbags, I want to give you a few tips and things to think about before you start shopping: Think about what you really want before you start shopping for a fall handbag you know you will be investing a lot of money…
  • Makeup Organization 101

    Allison Cooper
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Whether you live in an compact place in the city or a huge house with a huge bathroom to contain all of your cosmetics, makeup organization can be a challenge! Because everything is so little and we use it so frequently, cosmetic items get misplaced and ruined very easily if you don’t think this through clearly. BUT–my first tip before moving forward and outlining our makeup organization 101 guide, I want to share with you a product that I swear by and highly recommend: Sephora Collection Purifying Brush Shampoo. It’s only $15 and lasts a very long time–and let’s…
  • Planning For Baby #2–What If The Economy Doesn’t Agree?

    Allison Cooper
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Ahh babies–they make the world go round! They melt our hearts, they drive us crazy–we are obsessed, let’s face it. As Branden approaches his 6th birthday this weekend, we can’t help reflect back on old pictures of tiny baby Branden and think, “Where did the time go?” The fact that Branden is turning 6 and we haven’t had a second child yet obviously brings up the question from family and friends–“Are you planning for baby #2?” We of course want to give Branden a sibling–someday. But, we started our family really young, so we…
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    The Mommist

  • Nomama Artisanal Ramen: A Bowl Above the Rest

    Len Dela Cruz
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Ramen is a good rainy day fix, and rain is what we have an abundance of along with heavy traffic. But seriously, we can't fault hardcore ramen lovers for their obsession; ramen is indeed very comforting and soothing. Not all are slurp-worthy, however. I'm just cut through the unnecessary prose and say that Nomama definitely serves great ones.Chef Him Uy de Baron's {owner and chef of Nomama} creations are as interesting as his name. Him? How cool is that, right? Those who have tried his dishes know the magic he can do. Those who haven't tried, the rest of the post are for you. Nomama…
  • Interior Envy: Painted Brickwork

    Len Dela Cruz
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    Some may find painted brick walls to be too rugged, harsh, or even shoddy. In my book, these coated exposed brickworks are fantastic! They provide great visual texture and make the room instantly feel cozy. It's an inexpensive way to upgrade the look of any home. A painted brick wall is one of the most desired cost-effective interior improvements, actually.The process can be quite challenging, but the outcome is well worth it! This article gives advice on how to properly paint a room, and I find the rules highly applicable, except for the part about sanding and scraping to make the walls…
  • Makati Shangri-La's Circles Event Café Features An Australian Sojourn

    Len Dela Cruz
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    For seven days, Makati Shangri-La's Circles Event Café is going down under! Sydney-based chef, Matthew McCool, will take over their kitchen to showcase the culinary delights of Australia. My friends and I have tried a couple of these a few days ago, and they were bewdy!In case you were wondering, no kangaroo meat was served. Yep, I was a little bummed out, too. The excellent dishes made up for that particular yearning, though. Tomato Soup Damper and DukkahA classic smooth tomato soup with a vital hint of spice, and had just the right amount of acerbity. It's paired with a damper {A…
  • Desire: Delphine Pariente Medals, Bracelets, and Rings

    Len Dela Cruz
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Beaux bijoux! These gold-plated medals, bracelets, and rings from French jewelry designer Delphine Pariente are so pretty! Her designs are not just limited to these. There's a lot more here. These are just my faves amongst all. What's extra great about these is the fact that you can have them customized! Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Interior Envy: Norse Country

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    If you let me choose between an awesome house in the city or an average-looking property with a great view, I'd choose the latter in a heartbeat. This house fortunately has a perfect mélange of the two: it's incredible and has a great view! Sure, there's that risk of being attacked by a mountain lion or a family of coyote while having dinner, but it's very slim.J'adore everything, especially the farmhouse kitchen sink, the pendants, and that vintage {I'm assuming} chest of drawers! I found these stunning shots from a photog I admire: Jessica Comingore. She is brilliant!Hold on!
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Children's Halloween costume ideas inspired by books

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

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

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    I know most of you are not here to read about my homeschooling journey. Most of that fun can be found over at Homeschooling Mommybot. But sometimes I like to share here so you know what is currently kicking my butt or making us happy or whatever the case may be. Here are some posts to check out!Used to have a nursing basket when the kids were little and now I need a homeschooling basket. Times are a'changin'Sometimes my neighbor and I manage to pull off homeschool recess and it is bliss!Unschooling to Virtual SchoolingUnboxing Michael's Curriculum #CalvertYAY! Virtual School Checkpoint Day #1…
  • A Funny, an Inspirational and Something Super Shallow That Makes Me Happy

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
  • My Jamberry Promotion!!!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I joined Jamberry nail wraps at the very end of March of this year and have slowly been moving up the ranks. I was concentrating mostly on selling the wraps because I love them so much. Building a team never crossed my mind. But then I found myself with 10 wonderful women on my team and this last month a couple of them turned into absolute rock stars, which means they pushed me over the edge from Lead Consultant to Senior Lead Consultant! Here's the post about it on my Jamberry blog (yes, I have a Jamberry-specific blog so I don't drive you away with my nail wrap art love affair…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Breaking the rule of not quarreling in front of the kid

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    One of the golden rule in parenting is never to quarrel in front of your kids. Parenting experts will tell... Continue reading » The post Breaking the rule of not quarreling in front of the kid appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Filling your child’s love tank {Giveaway}

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The Straits Times recently polled 872 people who were mostly parents, and almost half were dissatisfied with the amount of quality time... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Filling your child’s love tank {Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • When loving you to the moon is not enough

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The book “Guess how much I love you” is one of the first books I bought for Sophie. In fact, I... Continue reading » The post When loving you to the moon is not enough appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Looming for a Cause

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    If there is a toy that has taken the toy scene by storm this year, it’s got to be Rainbow... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Looming for a Cause appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Trick Eye Museum, Resorts World Singapore {Review and Giveaway}

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The Trick Eye Museum in Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s very first 3D museum in Singapore. Boasting more than 100... Continue reading » The post Trick Eye Museum, Resorts World Singapore {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Down With Mint: No Mint Toothpaste

    Erica Price
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    Until a few years ago, H was a hardcore mint lover.  He’d happily have an extra strong mint with us in the car and toothpaste was usually minty.  Then somehow, something changed and now he doesn’t like mint.  He often says something is minty when he doesn’t like it, even if it isn’t particularly minty.  Minty foods are fairly easy to avoid, so that’s no big deal, but toothpastes are often minty and this has proved a much bigger problem.It is possible to buy some toothpastes that aren’t minty, but there aren’t many no-mint toothpastes around.  We…
  • Learning Italian

    Erica Price
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Now H is in the juniors there’s a bit more choice in terms of after school clubs.  Last year there was just football and tennis offered for the odd half term.  This time he’s been offered football and Italian.  Sadly football is on a night we can’t make, but H was keen to have a go at Italian club.  As H is at a catholic school, there are a few children either with an Italian heritage or actually native speakers, in fact there is a boy in his class whose parents were born in Italy.  H’s grandmother learnt Italian for a number of years in adult education classes…
  • Week 39 of 2014

    Erica Price
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    This week has been dominated by our kitchen project.  Last Friday our old kitchen was ripped out, in preparation for the building work which started Monday.  We escaped for the weekend and went to visit the in-laws, who had invited us so we could escape the mess.  We enjoyed a visit to the local farmer’s market; H got to see his cousin and his cousin’s dog Eddie; we went to the park; and there was homemade chocolate cake. Sunday evening saw heading back to our empty shell of a kitchen for the week ahead.On Monday the builders arrived, as did the skip.  They set to work…
  • Saturday is Caption Day: Dead

    Erica Price
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As you know, we are in the middle of having our kitchen done this week.  This picture was taken somewhere along the path from destruction to construction and I did immediately think Saturday is Caption Day.  Now I’m not sure what is dead and what it would be doing above our new kitchen ceiling. I’m not even sure exactly where this spot is now as it’s been covered up with plasterboard.  I’m kind of hoping it’s wires rather than something that is going to get a bit smelly. What’s your theory?  What do you think?  Can you caption it? Share this:
  • Making Breakfast Without A Kitchen

    Erica Price
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    This week our house has been dominated by our kitchen refit.  It’s a bit more than a kitchen refit in fairness.  We have removed an old chimney breast that was between the kitchen and the utility room to open the two rooms up and have one big kitchen.  Our old kitchen was falling to pieces: we found £3 in loose change as coins had rolled underneath the cabinets because some the plinths were missing.  There were numerous tennis balls too (previous owners had had a puppy).  I have been desperate for the old kitchen to go, but it has been a horrendous week.  The house is a tip…
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  • Hasbro DohVinci Children’s Day Giveaway

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When I was a kid, I loved Play-doh. Gosh, it was really expensive, so we only had 1-2 sets. And my goodness, my sister & I really played with it all the time! So I loved getting Play-doh for my kids when they were of age to play. But now, there’s a new Play-doh! Yup! From the makers of Play-doh, here’s presenting… DohVinci! Featuring an ALL-NEW patent-pending design compound and an innovative Styler tool, DohVinci aims to give each kid a creative experience that is very intuitive, unique and totally enjoyable! Simply pop your favorite color into the Styler and squeeze…
  • Loope – The App That Sorts Out Photos for you!

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Are you a closet photographer like me? Do you take hundreds of shots of your kids and tell yourself somewhere out there, is a super gorgeous picture of them? Have you captured many of your kids milestones on camera and can’t wait to go through the pictures again? Well, you are just like one of the millions of parents out there with a smart phone or digital camera!! (Our parents didn’t do that cos each photo meant paying for a row of film and printing it on paper) Well, then you must have the same problem as I do! And that is, you have in your home computer, or an external hard disk,…
  • Chinese Spelling at 3 a.m.

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Just before dinner last night, Nicole suddenly realised she has not finished studying for her Chinese Spelling Test which will happen today. As usual, I took a deep breath, and got ready to lash out the infamous and naggy speeches about responsibilities, laziness, and forgetfulness. But I stopped when I saw the spelling list. Take a look! Now before you start gasping for air, this spelling list was given out three weeks ago, and the kids were expected to learn the words. You can see from the little notes below, that Nicole did her own planning how to study this huge chunk of phrases. Alas,…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • It's Drafty In My Back End

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    If you're a blogger or love somebody who blogs, you'll know what I mean when I say my blog is busting with unfinished posts. I don't know what to do with them all. I guess I could actually finish and publish them. At some point... But in the meantime they're just sitting there, taunting me, saying, "You have the attention span of a three year old. You're behind, you're WAAAAAAY behind! You'll never finish any of these. You suck. And you've put on a few pounds." Holy hell my blog is rude. Maybe I'll teach it a lesson and switch over to WordPress. Take THAT mean blog back end! Someone once told…
  • A Brother Shows His True Colours For His Special Sister

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    You know when people comment on a video or a blog post saying, "This brought me to tears" or "This made me bawl"? Sometimes it's true. But more often it's merely a sentimental response to an emotional topic.When I watched this video however, I literally sobbed. I cried out loud, which I have to say is both cleansing and bloody exhausting. And now through red swollen eyes I'm attempting to share this amazing tribute by a brother to his sister. This sweet and crazy talented young boy of eleven, the same age as my son, wrote and performed this song (a cover of True Colours by Cindy Lauper) about…
  • Say “Eye” If You’ve Had An Eye Exam Lately

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Last night I stood in front of our full-length mirror and took a hard look at myself. “You know,” I said to my husband, “I see an old woman. My face is wrinkling, my body is succumbing to the effects of gravity, my hair is greying and I have age spots.”Disgusted, I turned to my husband and said, “Tell me something positive to make me feel better.” He thought for a minute and said, “Well, there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.” Okay, that didn’t actually happen. My husband values his life too much. No, that was just a little humour preceding the serious topic of eye…
  • Bunions and Breakouts: This is 40

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    SourceI'm forty-four not eighty-four so why do I feel like I should be joining a senior centre and doing needlepoint? Being diagnosed with a bunion has the power to age you faster than 48 consecutive hours in a tanning bed.  I know there are worse things. Much worse things. But this one thing makes me cringe. And wince! A bunion can be painful—like wake you up from a sound sleep, achy, throbby kind of painful. I'm currently tiptoeing into the primary stage. I can't wait to get to tertiary because that looks like some sexy fun doesn't it?If you happen to be looking for some hot…
  • Random Thoughts In My Head

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    This is what I do upon occasion whilst I'm supposed to be working or cleaning my house or grocery shopping or god forbid, exercising. I visit the countless random thoughts in my head and jot them down. I also, upon occasion, use the word whilst. 1. Recently I wrote about how we all eventually fall prey to the dreaded mom cut. So what do I go and do anyway? I get clipped despite my own warning. I was going for more 'Julianne Hough' than mom cut. Preeeeeeetty sure I nailed it. Wait, why are you sniggering? I can't even properly evaluate what's going on on my head at the moment.  I woke up…
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    Affluent Student | Where learning leads to action

  • IOS8 First Glimpse

    Paul McGuire
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I’ve got my pre-order placed for the new iPhone 6 for me and my wife. I received a UPS tracking number for both with an expected delivery date of Friday, September 19. We’ve held off with our out-of-contract iPhone 4S models waiting for this release. Since we’ve never had new technology on day one, we […]
  • Why Rules Don’t Work

    Paul McGuire
    25 Jan 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Until you have relationship in place, there is no trust. Without trust, you have no buy-in, and rules seem to be limiting and constricting. Those subject to the rules spend all of their time trying to figure out ...
  • One

    Paul McGuire
    1 Jan 2014 | 2:11 pm
    New Year, new start. Today is One One. You’ll see the significance of the date in my post below. I am a die-hard Alabama football fan. Tomorrow I am going to the Sugar Bowl with my boys to watch them take on Oklahoma. But oh, what might have been. I’m just now able to bring […]
  • Managing The Fade

    Paul McGuire
    8 Oct 2013 | 2:09 pm
    A couple of months ago I finally hit “Publish” on my first book, School, Scholarships, College and More. It was an awesome feeling to have something finished. But better still, wow, something now lives on Amazon that I created. Whether I sell 50 copies or 50,000 copies, nobody can take away the fact that I […]
  • Still Here, Still Kicking

    Paul McGuire
    14 Aug 2013 | 2:06 pm
    It has been a couple of months since my last post. Life has just been in the way. Between selling our house and moving, time spent on vacations and with family, changes in my responsibilities at work and other events, blogging just hasn’t been at the top of my list. With every season and every […]
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    Manbuilders - What Every Boy Should Know

  • Why one Mother Chooses to Homeschool: An Interview with Rebecca Kissee

    Rebecca Kissee
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Why one Mother Chooses to Homeschool: An Interview with Rebecca Kissee Editors Note: The website does not advocate a preference for homeschool, public school, private school, or any formal/non-formal pedagogy. This article is intended to offer insight into the experience of a homeschool mother. For background, our guest has been serving as a homeschool mother of 5 boys for 8 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  [The following response eminates from the questions: 1) Why do you homeschool, what lead you there, and what have you learned?, asked by another…
  • How-To Protect Your Son from Modern Dangers

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

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

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

    Joshua Kissee
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Impart to Your Son a Good Handshake Every young man needs to learn the value and importance of a firm handshake. How many times do you shake someones hand within a “western” culture such as the United States? As an adult, it is possible you shake hands with someone at least once a week. In certain jobs, you may shake hands with someone every day! So whats the big deal? Well, there is an art to it and your son needs to understand how to do it the right way. In teaching this lesson to the manbuilders crew this past week, I had the privilege of seeing it come into play when someone…
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    over 50 under 5

  • Nudity is OK, as Long as it’s Tasteful

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

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

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

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

    blog admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Editor’s note: I’ve become a bit inhibited about writing this blog; it’s become formalized and overly structured and I have become too aware of the (large) number of people now reading it. I can sense your expectations that I should be funny and deep always. But I am often quite tired and distracted. The problem with the funny-deep expectation is that blogs are made for thinking out loud. They are life’s first draft. So this one will be sketch-like, and fragmented. Sorry. You can skip it if you like. My writing partner will have plenty of entries coming, and…
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  • Getting acquainted

    Nicole orriëns
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    Hi, we're Bert, Barry and Brian! My cousin Hank is a butcher by trade. He's got his own pen. Usually he's got about three pigs in there, having a great life. And when they're nice and fat, my cousin Hank takes them on a trip, and butchers them. And then the whole family eats them. And I tell my self that's quite okay. Because they enjoyed life. I've always liked knowing who, and what I've
  • Parenting in a picture: this is how I often feel

    Nicole orriëns
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
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  • An indecent proposal

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Tomorrow is my husband's and mine 21st wedding anniversary! I can't believe it's been 21 years since we tied the knot, and started our journey through the muddy seas of holy matrimony. I figured I should get my husband something, to celebrate this milestone. But what?! He's already got all the Star Trek dvd boxes ánd the Deep Space Nine series. Whát would he really like? Then suddenly I
  • Have a smile!

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Some commercials are little pieces of art! Like this one of Ikea. A hypnotist hypnotises a young couple, making them believe they're in the future. But it's so over the top it's ridiculous, and makes you smile. In one of the scenes the man supposedly believes he has a 4 year old son. The boy asks him: 'Where do babies come from?' And the guy gets in trouble immediately! And I also love the
  • Finally! Someone who'll help me in the garden!

    Nicole orriëns
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Wordless Wednesday Make sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • On Math Problems and Being Lost in the Homework Triangle

    Colleen Stout
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Mom! What’s an isosceles triangle?” “Um… Er… It has three sides? I don’t know. I have to Google it.” What did parents do when they couldn’t just look up stuff on the internet? “OK. It says it has two equal sides.” “So with an equilateral triangle all three sides are equal. That’s the difference.” “Yep. Whatever you say.” Isn’t a triangle just a triangle? “How do you spell it?” “What?” “Isosceles.” “Oh. Just a minute. I closed it. Let me look it up…
  • How To Be a Ninja Parent

    Colleen Stout
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’m not a fan of the helicopter parent movement. I don’t think micromanaging my kids’ lives does any of us any favors. I plan on moving to Hawaii in my golden years, and I’m not too keen on taking two 30-something, helpless man-childs with me. I want my boys to learn to thrive and succeed on their own. I prefer to think of myself as a Ninja parent: tough, covert, skilled in the art of letting nature and consequences take their course. But I’m always ready to dropkick the entire room in slow motion if necessary. Ninja parents don’t follow the crowd. So what…
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  • Parenting Snapshots: Punishing my child – is it OK?

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Snapshots: Punishing my child – is it OK? In this week’s parenting snapshot we are talking about something that is hugely relevant to me: is punishing my child okay and how do we do it? I think every parent has a concern over whether or not it’s okay to punish their children.  When do children start to learn… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Fussy eaters: Five tips to try and save your sanity

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Fussy eaters: Five tips to try and save your sanity   If you are mother to a fussy eater, then you’ll be all too familiar with the struggle of getting your little one to eat at meal times. It can be really frustrating to get fussy eaters to try new things and eat a healthy, balanced diet, but with these… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #72

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #72 It is back with me – yeah, yeah, yeah! I love it when it is my turn to check out all the posts that were pinned last week over on the Romanian Mum blog. Thanks so much to everyone that joined in, and do pay close attention, as these are… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Six wonderful halloween craft ideas for you to get your teeth into

    Maggy Woodley
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Six wonderful halloween craft ideas for you to get your teeth into   Hello hello! Lovely to be here and visiting with some crafty crafts.. we do love this time of year – the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and we head indoors to do some lovely CRAFTS! With Halloween approaching, we love to make Halloween FUN and not… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Be inspired to den build with the Britmums #MyDen hangout

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Be inspired to den build with the Britmums #MyDen hangout Last week, we posted about a new competition that Philips Lighting are running where you can win a den building kit; remember, my kids really had a hell of a lot of fun doing it all…. Well, inspired by the #MyDen campaign from the company, a number of bloggers, including… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Win Prizes at the Pamper's #BabyGotMoves Twitter Party!

    Diana Chastain
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.Join the @DoubleDutyDivas and Pampers to celebrate your baby's "happy dance" after a restful and dry night's sleep.  A dry baby = a happy baby and a happy baby = a happy family.  Therefore, when baby wakes up dry, it’s party time!  To celebrate, Pampers is asking parents to show off their baby’s morning dance routine by uploading videos to Instagram and Facebook using hashtag BabyGotMoves.  Uploaded…
  • Mama Needs Coffee, #HelloKeurig

    Diana Chastain
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I received a complimentary Keurig 2.0 through Influenster to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.Did you know yesterday was National Coffee Day? How many cups did you have? ;DI wanted to get this post up yesterday, but PicMonkey was acting up. :/Anyways.I drink coffee daily. Out of a single serve coffee maker. I didn't get into coffee until shortly after I started watching B, so when SweetPea was about 14-16 months maybe? But now I HAVE to have my morning cup o' joe (and even sometimes two). I not only need that pick-me-up, but I also like the taste. My husband says I…
  • Green Scene Mom Fall Award Winners 2014 Giveaway Event, Ends 10/10

    Diana Chastain
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
     The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom's Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!   Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesTooth Tissues make cleaning a baby's teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child's teeth after every meal and they're a simple way to ensure a baby isn't negatively affected by oral…
  • Baby Safety Month + #Coverplug Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Although I received free products to share this giveaway, all opinions are my own.As Baby Safety Month comes to a close, I thought I would share a little round up of the safety tips on the blog plus have a little giveaway. This post is not to be judgmental, it is just to inform. I have made almost ALL of these mistakes along the way and I hope you can learn from me.Image Found HERE 1. Car Seat Safety Tips - This is an older post and I have learned so much since then. But mistakes were made and I hope you can learn from mine.2. Introducing Your Baby to Your Dog - A dog…
  • FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Trial Starter Package Giveaway, Ends 10/15

    Diana Chastain
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
     FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Trial Starter Pack GiveawayHosted by: mama pureCo-Hosted by: Crunchy Livin' Mama Style & Baby's NestSponsored by: FuzziBunzFuzziBunz Cloth Diapers is under new ownership and they are launching an exciting new diaper, the One-Size Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diaper! This diaper comes in size Small and size Large to give you the absolute best fit but will still fit your baby up through potty training. The diaper also features amazing custom sizing options with adjustable leg and waist elastic not found on other diaper brands. mama pure had the opportunity to test…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop!

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s been ages since I’ve brought you a giveaway hop! For those of you who haven’t seen one, think Round Robin! There are over 20 blogs represented here, and each one has a giveaway... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • $500 Fabulous Fall CASH Giveaway!

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the $500 Fabulous Fall Cash Giveaway! I love the fall, but we don’t have much of it here in Florida. It’s still hot and has been raining like it does in the spring! Oh, to have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Everyone loves Amazon! I think I’m really becoming addicted to Amazon shopping. I even buy my shampoo there now. The great thing about shopping there is that I can access it right from my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RSVP for the #GoodbyeWorry Twitter Party !

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about Mohawk SmartStrand® Carpeting and saving yourself the hassle of stains!  On Monday, October 6th at 3-4pm ET,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Out of the Box with Inspire Marketing

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    This post is sponsored by Inspire Marketing. I was recently introduced to the president of Inspire Marketing. I work with a lot of small businesses and know how challenging starting a new business... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • Daughter at College: What Keeps Me Up at Night

    Lisa Heffernan
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Mary Dell writes: We got a call on Monday night from our daughter at college who began by saying “Mom, I’m ok but…” At that point, my stomach twisted and every nerve in my body began to buzz as I waited for the phrase to follow. Surely something bad had happened. She told me that one of her classmates had gone missing over the weekend. As I write this on Thursday afternoon, Hannah Graham, 18 years old and a second year student at UVA, has still not been found. Since my daughter’s call, I have immediately opened emails to parents from the University and read the Graham family’s…
  • Empty Nest: Would You Do It All Again?

    Lisa Heffernan
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Lisa writes: I recently heard the story of a friend, who turned to his wife as they dropped of their youngest child at her college dorm and said, “…as I was saying.” The conversation between the spouses that was interrupted nearly two decades earlier could now resume. While this was surely said in jest, there is an element of truth to the fact that active parenthood is a long, loving interruption to our adulthood that, once the kids are gone, can resume in one form or another where we left off. In that vein, I have noticed a few things about life without kids: It would be easier to…
  • 10 More Reasons Why I Love College Football

    Lisa Heffernan
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Mary Dell writes: College football is the second most popular spectator sport in the US after the NFL. Each fall, students and alumni pay homage to their colleges and teams by planning their Saturdays around kick off. My affection for the sport runs deep, beginning with childhood, building steam through my college years and becoming a family tradition that my husband and I share with our kids. I have previously written about my gratitude toward college football during my son’s high school years.  It was our go-to topic where we ventured when all other subjects (homework, SAT prep, curfews,…
  • Send Selfies

    Lisa Heffernan
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Lisa writes: Today is the day I have dreaded since that second little stripe turned a very pale pink and my heart leapt into my throat. Today is the day without a rushed breakfast, the day in which I did not scream or worse curse, the day I made no threats and took no first day of school photos. Today is the day where the first name I called was the dog’s. But even as I find missing my kids was every bit as bad as I thought it would be, I have been given the gift of wisdom by two extraordinary women. I am missing the day-to-day bustle of family life that already seems like a dream. I find…
  • How to Find Success in College: 9 Things the Research Shows

    Lisa Heffernan
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Lisa writes: For years college feels like an endpoint, the focus of so much of our kids’ energies. But it turns out to be just a beginning. We have looked at the view of one experienced professor  regarding successful students and we have asked graduates for their input as well. Now we have reviewed what experts have found through years of research and present nine findings on how freshmen can find success in college. Stick to Your Own Definition of Success in College Students who did best in college were not motivated by outside factors like jobs, or grades, but rather a genuine desire…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • How to Have a (Relatively) Drama Free School Year

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    By KristenDaukas Back to School Advice for my Kids Well here we are… it’s back to school time again. This is our 11th first day of school and we have 6 more to go before we’re completely done. I love the first day of school more than I love the first day of the new year but not why […] The post How to Have a (Relatively) Drama Free School Year appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • In the Game of Discipline, Who Wins and Who Loses?

    Becky Hood
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Becky Hood When you have teenagers, discipline takes on a whole new meaning. As do the ‘crimes’.  I mean, when they were little, it was time out, and it could be multiple times a day.  Some days I wished someone would put me in time out.  In our house, they would get the occasional swat on the […] The post In the Game of Discipline, Who Wins and Who Loses? appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Family Traditions – Ladies in Red

    Scott Rigdon
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    By Scott Rigdon Ladies in Red  Valentine’s Day is less than 5 months away!  I’m all set. On the right in this photo is my Mommy.  On the left is my Baby, wearing my Mommy’s Valentine’s Day dance dress from February 14, 1958.  The dress is rich with antiquity, history, and love…  it fits Baby Girl’s soul as […] The post Family Traditions – Ladies in Red appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 10 Things NOT to Say to a Gay Parent

    Carol Rood
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    By Carol Rood What You Shouldn’t Say to a Gay Parent So I have read a few funny posts lately about “if latinos said the things white people say” and if “asians said the things white people say.” Also, things you shouldn’t say to a lesbian, or a gay dad, and I decided to add my list of […] The post 10 Things NOT to Say to a Gay Parent appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Finding Value In Family Relationships

    Brenda Yoder
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    By Brenda Yoder In one week, our family’s downsized. College Graduate moved to the East Coast and College Boy returned to the university. That leaves the High Schooler and Junior, the middle school boy. “Our fun little family of four” I call the rest of us. There’s a lot I like about a smaller family. We can go places […] The post Finding Value In Family Relationships appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Sweet 16 – AKA Mommy Has a Meltdown

    Kristen Daukas
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    By Kristen Daukas I think I’m pretty happy that today is Wordless Wednesday because it’s Mackenzie’s 16th birthday and honestly.. I’m a bit of a mess on the inside. It’s not just that I’m the mom of a 16-year-old but I’m also the mom of a beautiful child who is going to be getting her keys to freedom very, very soon. And those keys will eventually take her away from me to live BIG adventures all on her own. I’m so not ready for this… Happy Birthday, Little Red. You are and always have been my sunshine and I hope all the sun in the world…
  • Grab a mike’s and Have a #mymikesmoment!

    Kristen Daukas
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    By Kristen Daukas I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf ofMom Central Consulting for mike’s hard lemonade. I received a Circle K gift card to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. mike’s hard lemonade has been a favorite in my household for many years . To me, it is the perfect thirst quencher for adults. I’m definitelymore of a wine girl but sometimes you just want an ice cold beverage that has bubbles in it and since I’m not a HUGE beer fan, I have always found that mike’s fills the bill. mike’s…
  • Coming Soon – Clash of the Couples!

    Kristen Daukas
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    By Kristen Daukas The Book for REAL Couples… Remember last year when I did The Mother of all Meltdowns? Well, the fab Crystal Ponti has put together another great lineup of writers for her latest creation, Clash of the Couples. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this baby and am only saddened that I missed the deadline to be in this edition with these kick ass authors!! Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the…
  • Back in the Saddle (and the Routine) with Family Fun Night

    Kristen Daukas
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    By Kristen Daukas Family Fun Night is Streaming with Netflix Not sure about your house, but we’ve got almost a full month of school under our belts and things are starting to settle into somewhat of a routine again. I’m not saying it’s calm, but there is something pleasing to my soul knowing that at least the hours of 7am – 4pm are pretty well scheduled out. In the day, Friday nights were reserved for family night of pizza and games or pizza and movies – largely because we were all pretty much wiped out to do anything else. Now that we’ve got one in high…
  • 5 Important (but Random) Lessons Teens Need to Know

    Kristen Daukas
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    By Kristen Daukas You thought you had a lot of lessons to teach your toddler? Well I hate to break it to you, but potty training and spoon feeding are only messy in the literal terms when it comes to the lessons you will have to teach your teens and tweens. Most of our kids friends are pretty smart and self-sufficient, but every now and then we’ll talk about something and they have no idea how they would solve the issue. There are a lot of lessons our kids need to know but these are five that are off the top of my head.. You’re not always going to like everyone – And…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Breast Cancer Awareness: Companies That Give Back 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    . Recently launched at is a new bra called the Coppafeel! bra. It was designed in collaboration with cancer charity Coppafeel! and for every one sold, they donate £1 to the cause. The... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • SPOOKtacular Hop: Enter to Win a $100 Halloween Prize Pack Giveaway from Candy Warehouse and Buy Costumes | Ends 10.15.14

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Welcome to the SPOOKtacular Halloween Hop! With Halloween being only a few shorts weeks away, we decided that a Hop to help you get ready was in order! This event will run from October 1 through... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Now Accepting 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Are you looking to reach a wide audience this upcoming season with a great product? The Review Wire’s Holiday Gift Guide Submissions are now open for our 5th Annual Guide. Holiday Gift Guide... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Top 10 Halloween Costumes for 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you are looking for what’s hot this year, you need to check out Top 10 lists. Not only do they have the Top 10 Costumes, they also have the Top 10 Halloween Parties, Top 10... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • EatSmart Precision Pro Food Thermometer Review {Giveaway} Ends 10.17.14

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I recently received the brand new addition to the EatSmart kitchenware lineup called the Precision Pro Food Thermometer.  I am a 34 year old cooking mother of three and I have never owned one.  It is... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Mom Confession: I Almost Lost It At A Soccer Game Last Night!

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Goal setting for kids can really improve your child’s drive to succeed in all areas of his life.  I’ve been doing goal setting workshops with my son once a month and they have been working wonders with him so I wanted to share.  I love these workshops because it gives us a chance to talk... Read More » The post Goal Setting for Kids appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • The Bouqs Review: Beautiful Flowers for Your Loved Ones

    Tracy Gibb
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I was contacted to do a review for The Bouqs Company, an online florist that sources flowers directly from farms around the world, I was so excited. What woman doesn’t LOVE getting flowers? I picked “Sweetness” because they looked just as they sounded. This is how they are advertised, “Send these awesome Volcano Pink... Read More » The post The Bouqs Review: Beautiful Flowers for Your Loved Ones appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • 5 Ways Moms can Make Time for Themselves

    Tracy Gibb
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It shouldn’t be so hard to take care of ourselves right? But as a mom, the day-to-day chores and responsibilities can be overwhelming and trying to find extra time (what is that anyway) for ourselves can seem almost impossible. Here are a few easy ways that moms can be a little selfish: Schedule time with... Read More » The post 5 Ways Moms can Make Time for Themselves appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: it’s been a BAD WEEK

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Week: 35 Waist: 40.5 (+0.5 inches) Feeling: Hormonal Highs are always followed by lows. This time last week I was feeling rather smug after the baby’s head engaged and instead of feeling even more uncomfortable and full of pressure I felt liberated because I could breathe freely and my heartburn subsided. I did a five mile run in which I felt like I was skipping and marvelled at how well I felt. Not anymore. This is probably the result of it having been a trying couple of weeks owing to Misery Guts spending two days in hospital with a severe migraine (again) and almost two weeks recovering…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: we’re engaged!

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Week: 34 Waist: 40 inches (+ 1.5 inches, possibly owing to engagement) Feeling: Nice and comfy It’s official: the baby’s head is engaged. The midwife confirmed the momentous milestone on Tuesday morning, but I already knew because I felt it happen last Friday. I cannot describe the relief – my whole bump has dropped a good inch or so, meaning I can breathe again, eat a whole meal again, I no longer have heartburn and my whole upper body feels free. I’m so much more comfortable – for now. The realisation this had happened sent me running to Boots for all the necessary for my…
  • I need a food net umbrella – for a baby

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    I swear both our cats knew I was pregnant before I did. Our eldest, Eddie, has been following me around from the word go, while our youngest, Daisy, was instantly more loving than usual. Eight months on she curls up alongside my bump at every available opportunity (pictured), and Eddie is never far away. Both of them are quite happy sitting on top of my bump even though the baby now kicks back as they paw before settling down, and when the baby shifts position they simply shift too. I’m guessing it’s all to do with pheromones, but either way, it’s got me thinking about how loving and…
  • If someone had told me this is what lunchtimes would involve, I wouldn’t have believed them

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    She might have just turned 3, but BB is itching to start school. She asks me daily what colour her uniform will be (I don’t know because it depends which over-subscribed school we actually manage to get her into), who will collect her and pick her up (again I don’t know because it depends how far away said school is) and can she go to the school in Time For School on Cbeebies (at last a question I can actually answer – no.) Being an August baby by this time next year she will be in reception class, but until then I’ve got to come up with ways to satisfy her school curiosity or suffer…
  • Aldi maternity clothes: you could get more than you bargained for

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    As a forces child I spent several years living in Germany, where our local supermarket was Aldi. I used to like going there because of the bins of totally non-supermarket and often pointless items, like watering cans in the shape of gnomes and solar sunflowers for the garden we didn’t have, which ran up the middle of the shop. As of next week those UK bins are now going to contain a ‘capsule’ collection of maternity and baby clothes, and I’ve been sent a few by way of sneak preview. There are dresses (£11.99, pictured), leggings (£6), tops (£9.99) and even a nappy changing bag…
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  • First shoes for kids: The next best thing to barefeet, Pediped

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Being parents second time round to Ava who just turned 10 months old, we find ourselves more chill and not overly OCD in tracking her every milestone. As long as she is healthy, happy and growing well, we are not fussed over the smallest things. I may not know exactly how many day old she is (...about 9 months, oh think it's 10 months already), when she sprouted her first tooth or when she started to crawl, but when we are shopping for her, we do not compromise on quality and comfort.  We have heard a lot about Pediped shoes from fellow parents, online and in magazines, and when we were…
  • My gentle giant, Aiden

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Mums never stop worrying about their kids.I am always the one reminding Aiden to 'be careful, don't run too fast', 'look in front, we are nearing the end of the escalator', 'stop jumping, careful of the sharp edges'. Hoping to prevent accidents from happening and shielding him from potential falls, cuts and injuries. When would it be considered overly protective? I want Aiden to learn to be aware of the danger in his environment and yet be resilient and have the ability to pick himself up from a fall. I was speaking to a mom of three kids recently and she shared how the first born will always…
  • The Second (Class) Child

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    As much as I know intuitively that I love both Aiden and Ava the same with all my heart, I have to admit that I conscientiously treat Aiden better than his baby sister, Ava.From toys, to our attention, to play time, to even exposure on social media, Ava gets significantly less. If she could talk and walk at 10 months old now, I’m pretty sure she would be heading straight for the Immigration Department to file a complaint for being treated as a second class citizen in the House of Yang. I don’t think I would get re-elected into office with a clear mandate if snap elections were to be…
  • eXplorerkid Baby & Junior Race 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Baby & Junior Race organized by eXplorerkid is back! And this year is its 10th anniversary, so expect a huge celebration with amazing prizes, goodie bags and carnival booths.Aiden will be participating in Category E (31 months - 4 years). We have been prepping him about the competition and teaching him how winning is not the most important, but trying his best and giving his best shot is what matters. Hurry and sign up today for your child to stand a chance to win the 'Fastest Kid' title. See you then!
  • Water babies - swimming lessons for kids

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    I have always wanted to establish water confidence in Aiden and Ava and to begin swimming lessons for them early. Recently, we took up four lessons for both Aiden and Ava in water confidence and I am happy at their progress!'I want to sleep in mummy!' The lessons were on Saturday mornings and the only challenge was to wake up at 8am and prepare for lessons at 9am (and of course plunging into the cold water early morning). I attended the lessons with both of them, the depths of a mother's love - I can actually get myself into the ice cold water so early in the day when I kept procrastinating…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Hello, Son. It’s Me, YOUR Mother

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Naomi Elana Zener To My Darling Son, I think you should know that I am a feminist. There, I wrote it. I’ve said it. I’ve even screamed it at various points in my life. But, what does it mean for you and for me? I’m NOT some man-hating, refusnik of shaving my legs or armpit hair, Birkenstock-wearing (actually I love my Birks and wear them in the summer, but I love my Prada shoes, too), birthing my babies in the woods, crunchy gal. Those are great women too, simply because being a woman is wonderful. Women who are feminists come from all walks of life. I’m a happily married woman,…
  • Apples, Honey & All That Is Sweet: Happy Rosh Hashanah From GIRLilla Warfare

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    To all of our readers who are celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah — wishing you a new year filled with life’s sweetest gifts — Love, Joy, Good Health, Success, Inner Peace, Passion, and most of all, Laughter …  xoxo With Love, GIRLIlla Warfare
  • Competitive Parenting: So Ya Wanna Take This Outside?

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman I don’t think anyone would dispute the fact that we all love our children. Granted, some would like you to believe that they actually DO love their children more than you, and love to boast about it via Facebook or in line at Starbucks. Many others, however, seem to be content; quietly parenting and doing what works for them without much fanfare or the need to indulge others in their children’s successes. But by the time it’s college application season, true colors shine through. And I think it’s a good time – whether your child is in junior high school or high…
  • The Tough Talk: How to Discuss War, ISIS, and Terrorism With Your Kids

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field In the past nine years the Q & A topics in my home have covered body parts, how babies are made, how to be a good friend, religion, love, family, school … everything  a ‘nuclear’ family tackles in the confines of a safe suburban environment. My two kids are naturally inquisitive, and for the most part, they are positively receptive to the answers and lessons doled back. I am proud to say that we have done an A- to B+ job teaching them the appropriate lessons that pair with their questions and growing pains. We filter their misinformation and help them make sense out…
  • Screw Monotony — Mom’s Gotta Have Romance

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon This summer my girls were finally old enough to watch “Twilight” and sort of get it. Jay rented it for the three of them while our son was off at camp in an effort to get them out of my hair so I could work in the other room uninterrupted. But, alas, I am a girl too, and I found myself intrigued by the drama unfolding onscreen just a few feet away. I kept peeking in to see what was happening in this drama that had swept up all of the pre-teen and teen girls in its wake a few years ago. I confess that because I’m a bit of a literary snob, I’d never read the…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Answering Hard Questions

    Amy W.
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently, our nearly six year old has been asking some real gems about the world. I have entertained several queries about God, her body, my body, the bodies of others, people’s intentions, what happens when people die, and even questions about disasters and murder. This is not something you generally prepare for when expecting a child or when raising a youngster . . . we generally plan and worry about baby names and birth expectations. We prepare for breastfeeding and parenting. We stock up on items we will need and advice from other parents. Well,  do I have a piece of advice for…
  • Wordless Wednesday: First Bath

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does the first bath look like? Moira, immediately following her first bath at 10 days old. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. She likes baths a lot better now! Meegs blogs at A New Day. Mikko didn’t much enjoy his first bath from the nurse. He was much calmer for his first bath with Mama at home. He even let us style his hair. Lauren blogs at Hobo Mama. This gifted robe swallowed Sasha after her first bath, which didn’t turn out to be the amazingly wonderful experience Jorje expected it to be. Jorje blogs at Momma Jorje. Tell us about your…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Feeding

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does feeding look like? (Read more about feeding with love and respect on our resource page.) This is what baby-led weaning looks like. Sunny and Ari, 10 and 14 months. Elizabeth writes at Manic Pixie Dream Mama. From Ana: “Here’s Niko at about 6 months experimenting with (probably) pureed peaches and squash. I let him go at it with a spoon early. This picture represents a quite common scene from about 6-10 months, after which he got more advanced with the coordination.” From Megan Jorje has started each of her children off with breastmilk. Jorje…
  • Shy Children Don’t Need to be Fixed

    Ariadne Brill
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Supporting Introverted Children with Love and Respect A few years ago, our local school organized a crafting afternoon for all families. When we arrived, I noticed the craft activities had been set up in a very large and bright room. Children were running around, talking, laughing, and being lovely and loud. My then three year old, bubbled in, found a teacher he had met a few days prior and started making a feathered yellow duckling. My oldest son was five at the time, and jumping feet first into large, loud, social activities just wasn’t his style so we hung back to observe. Friendly words…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Playground

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share your favorite playground photographs. (Read more about Natural Learning on our resource page.) From Josie: Wild woods playground From Manic Pixie Dream Mama: Static electricity slide! See more from Kelly at Becoming Crunchy. Maddison finally made it to the top and back without any help yesterday. Her mom, Marybeth, was so excited! Shannon’s kids love the climbing trees at their local park almost as much as the playground nearby. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Momma Jorje, pregnant with Sasha, circa 2009. Jorje chooses to spend…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition

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

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

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

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

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

  • Enter to Win Kate Ryan Skincare Giveaway Ends 10/16

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Have you ever heard of Kate Ryan Skincare? Kate Ryan is a truly exceptional skincare company and you can feel the love put into each and every product. Every ingredient they add has a purpose. All of their products are loaded with healthy ingredients and work together to help your skin look and feel gorgeous and healthy! I got to try out some of the products recently and I’m hooked. My skin feels and looks better. I noticed a difference in how my face felt after just a few days and I’d love to try the whole line! Read the full review at A Bird and A Bean. Kate Ryan…
  • Top 8 Halloween Kids Costumes for 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Halloween is less than a month away. Usually by now my kids have an idea of what they want to dress up on Halloween night. However, they haven’t decided yet. I was browsing the Internet today looking for costumes for my youngest son and I found some very cute costumes. Here are some of my favorite Halloween Costumes and I have a feeling that they are going to be super popular this year too. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links and Uplifting Families earns a small commission if you buy products from clicking on our links. Don’t worry this doesn’t change anything…
  • Enter to Win an XBox One Madden NFL 15 Giveaway Ends 10/17

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Ring in the football season with a new XBOX One! Enter to win an XBOX One Madden NFL ’15 Bundle Hosted by The Link Fairy I teamed up with some great bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. I know that my boys would love it if I won them an NFL bundle. We have a Wii U but it is harder to play using the big controller. I would also love having an X-box in our house so that we can play games using the Kinect too. Good luck from Uplifting Families. This would be a perfect Christmas gift too! Buy an X-box bundle on Amazon. It’s football season and what better to celebrate your…
  • The Best Free Android Apps for Kids

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    A lot of parents are against kids using technology, thinking that it will transform them into smartphone-addicted zombies from an early age. That may be true if the kid spends countless hours every day with his eyes pointed at a phone screen; however, used with moderation, a smartphone or a tablet can help your youngster familiarize themselves with technology and learn a lot of stuff, thanks to the variety of educational apps out there. Here are the best free android apps to get your kids going.   AniWorld free animal kids game AniWorldfree animal kids game is the perfect app to help…
  • UnSloppy Joes Recipe

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Are you a fan of Sloppy Joe Sandwiches? If so, you will also love the this recipe. I have been wanting to make these for over a year and finally last weekend I decided to actually make Unsloppy Joes for the very first time. They were a huge hit with my family. These are great for a family meal or for tailgating. Today, I wanted to share this easy recipe with you. Disclosure: I wasn’t compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. You Will Need The Following Ingredients 1 Pound of Lean Hamburger Meat 1 Can of Hunts Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce 2 Cans of Pilsburry Grands Biscuits 1 Bag…
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  • Wild Oats Offers Organic Fare Sans Sticker Shock

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I’ve finally hopped aboard the organic bandwagon, with more than a little nudge from the Missus. Growing up, we feasted on both traditional fare as well as Ding Dongs, Devil Dogs and the kind of crumb cakes that will outlast mankind if left in their sealed wrapper. So organic food didn’t feel vital to me. My wife takes a more hands-on approach to the food that enters our house, and while some insist organic fare isn’t as superior as some suggest, she’d rather be safe than nutritionally sorry. Me, too. But oh, that sticker shock. I gulp hard when I throw that…
  • Why a New Attitude Means Everything to Today’s Dads

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    I should have been watching my son run through his football drills Saturday. Instead, I couldn’t help overhearing two dads talking about their “big” Friday night plans. “Man, I was at home last night watching a cartoon with my kids,” one dad said, a wide smile on his face. The other laughed in recognition. “My Friday nights aren’t what they used to be,” the other replied. These were Alpha Male Dads, the type who cheer on their five-year-old sons like they were Peyton Manning scrambling to find an open receiver. Yet they didn’t seem bitter…
  • How Swimming Keeps Dads Healthy, Reduces Stress

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    (Guest Post by Kaitlin Gardner) I am avid about exercise, and when my Dad’s doctor said he needed to cut down on stress, and do things to benefit his heart, I told him swimming was one of the best choices he could make. Cut down the risk of heart problems: My Dad’s blood pressure was getting a little higher, and his doctor spoke with him about heart disease, the number one killer in America. More than 1 million people a year die from heart attacks. The way the doctor explained it, many of the problems begin when plaque accumulates in the arteries due to lifestyle (not enough…
  • RockportChallenge Adds Style, Comfort to Guy’s Night Out

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    For some dads, a night out with the guys means grabbing their least dirty sweatshirt and bolting out the door. Not this papa. I always take pride in what I wear. That sartorial effort slagged when I first became a father. Back then, every shirt became a canvas for my son’s regurgitations. Jackson Pollock would kill to create the designs my boys left on my dress shirts, sweaters and Tees. Today, with the baby years behind us, I can refocus on looking sharp wherever I go. Even, yes, for a night out on the town with some fellow fathers. So when Rockport sent me the pair of the shoes…
  • Chef Shows Dads Ways to Cook Healthy Meals

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Chef Jennifer Peters is learning just how challenging it is to cook for children by making meals for her boyfriend’s sons. Peters’ boyfriend is a single father of two, and they’re all working together to enhance the boys’ eating habits. Her boyfriend is letting Peters flavor their diets as well as his own. “He’s modifying with me,” the Denver-based chef says with a laugh. She admits to a dash of gender bias when she says men can be a little intimidated in the kitchen. That’s why grilling is an ideal way for dads to deliver appetizing meals. “It’s such a healthy way to…
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    Jana Kingsford

  • How To Get Clarity

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    How To Get Clarity I’m sheepishly sneaking back onto my blog after a hiatus from juggling tips while I immersed myself in course creation mode. To be honest I was sick of the surface level juggling tips and it was time to go deeper. Surface level shiz is great to get you started, but now it’s time to expand on that and go to the next level. You with me! Now let’s talk about how to get clarity! What I’ve found after the past few months of intense creation, a rate of creation that most would call crazy. I’ve learnt something so special, so sacred about how to get…
  • Juggling Tip #74: Focus On One Thing (And Stop Task Skipping)

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Juggling Tip #74: Focus On One Thing (And Stop Task Skipping) I best be careful sharing this tip, because you might send me to the looney bin because it’s crazy…but as always, it’s crazy practical too! Let’s cut to the chase shall we. I talk to myself to stay on task. Yep that’s the juggling tip in a nutshell, but please let me explain below. I’ve noticed when a I have a million things to do for the day, I might take teeny tiny bites out of 100 tasks, but never quite get it fully eaten (done!). Can you relate?? Thought so. Task skipping is sort of the…
  • Juggling Tip #73 Unfunk Your Funk: “My Funky Day Autoresponder For Fixing a Funky Day” (and Stop It Getting Worse!)

    10 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Juggling Tip #73 Unfunk Your Funk: “My Funky Day Autoresponder For Fixing a Funky Day” (and Stop It Getting Worse!) Hi Juggler, What you think I don’t have funky days? Hehe I have funky days, don’t you worry. But I have a very special method for coping and here’s how. I have a very weird autoresponder when I have 3 funky things happen in a row day. Like a ‘did-that-all-just-happen-in-one day’ type days! There’s a reason there’s no video today. Because all forms of video creation have been taken away from me… From my funky day! But I…
  • Studying and Juggling: How To Study and Work Simultaneously So You Can Keep Earning While Learning (WITHOUT Going Crazy)

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

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

  • Working mamma woes

    Kat English Mamma
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    This post by Alyssa at The Sparkly Life really struck a chord with me and made me laugh out loud: working mamma woes! So many and such recognisable things there: the “crafting”, which is our house extends to making collages from the business daily and using Post-its to mark favourites in the Lego catalogue; the panic and the rush from one thing to the next, desperately trying to fix one mess before the next is created; and, of course, that moment in the middle of the day when you realise how many more hours until bedtime. It seems that autumn is really here and winter on its way:…
  • A Year in Books – September

    Kat English Mamma
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    A little late for the month for September’s A Year in Books, but I wanted to record it because I actually managed to finish a book this month. It helped that I bought The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson as a Kindle book and that we had a week in England, where I could grab a half hour here and there to read it. It also helped that the book is excellent and gripping. And this novel actually follows nicely on from June’s book, since Josephine Tey is the main character in this one. And I’ve now just reserved one of Upson’s earlier Josephine Tey novels as I enjoyed this…
  • Lifestyle changes

    Kat English Mamma
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I feel like I’m starting to get back on track but it’s time for some lifestyle changes. Despite being sick this week, I’ve managed to go for a 5km run and do some home training with the kettlebell. This is going to be just the start. Next week is a week of 7am starts at work (rather than my regular 6am) but I can use that extra hour to go running at least once before work. The boys are active, active, active at the moment. We’ve found a new way for O to run off some of that energy: football. Yep, I’m Stockholm’s newest “soccer mom”. It’s…
  • On the up again

    Kat English Mamma
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Well, I dropped off the blogging radar for a while there. So much was going on, and at the same time so little. I could have written a few posts but I felt it just would have been moaning and complaining. But now I am back. I wouldn’t say that I have this incredible new energy, but I do have more energy than I did. I have been going through a bit of a dip but now I feel like I’m on the up again. And I will be back with another post shortly. I have the wedding to write about and how the boys have been, especially on the language front after our week in the UK. I feel again as if I…
  • August – monthly round-up

    Kat English Mamma
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    When I sat down to write this August monthly round-up post, I simply could not remember what we had actually done this month, apart from return from holiday. Seriously, August has been a blur. We must have done some fun and exciting things? I consulted my planner and it seems that we did actually very little this month other than preschool for the boys and work for us and quiet(-ish) weekends. At the start of the month, we discovered (well, we did an internet search and found) a beach only ten minutes on the bike from us so we spent afternoons there whenever we could and when the weather…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Mortgage – What To Do About It When Separated

    Gerardo Campbell
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Mortgage – What To Do About It When Separated from Support for Stepdads . If you and your spouse decide to separate and you own a home, what will you do about the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Teen Rebellion – Six Tips to Help Parents Survive

    Karleia Steiner
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Teen Rebellion – Six Tips to Help Parents Survive from Support for Stepdads . Not too long ago, your stepson or stepdaughter was an adorable little child but now he or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Financial Costs of Divorce

    Oscar King
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy The Financial Costs of Divorce from Support for Stepdads . For most couples thinking about getting a divorce, finding out just how much is involved can be quite heartbreaking.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Under What Circumstances Can Your Spouse Be Removed From the House During Divorce Proceedings?

    Oscar King
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Under What Circumstances Can Your Spouse Be Removed From the House During Divorce Proceedings? from Support for Stepdads . When a spouse should move out during divorce... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Your House – How to Make It Grow With the Kids

    Brooke Chaplan
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Your House – How to Make It Grow With the Kids from Support for Stepdads . Anyone having experience with kids knows how incredibly fast they grow and change. It seems... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Family Photo

    Rebecca Wood
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Today, we took our traditional family photo. The whole thing became an accidental tradition. When Charlie was in the NICU, the nurses would occasionally mention that we should take our first family photo. I refused. Back when I had no control over anything and felt completely powerless, that was something I could decide. Our family would not be documented, for the first time, in that way or at that time. Looking back, I realize it was silly. But, I still had fantasies of leaving the NICU and forgetting all about preemie life. After Charlie had been home for a few weeks, we decided to go to an…
  • Where Things Stand With Feeding

    Rebecca Wood
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    While I was in Arizona last weekend, Charlie’s gastroenterologist left a voice mail. The upper GI showed Charlie has significant gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying). To get things moving, he prescribed erythromycin (an antibiotic that has a side effect which helps with motility) to be given twenty minutes before she eats. So far, so good. Finally, Charlie’s reflux is no longer an issue. Plus, she doesn’t vomit at night, her breath doesn’t smell like vomit, and she eats more than two bites of food. I hope this is the missing piece to the feeding puzzle (which also…
  • Arizona

    Rebecca Wood
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Very late last night, I returned from a trip to Arizona. You may wonder why I went to Arizona. I attended my second Share Union. So now, you may want to know what the heck is ShareUnion. Words do not do ShareUnion justice but I will do my best to try and explain. It’s an amazing opportunity many of you may be missing out on. Some parents (myself included), feel that while in the hospital or NICU there is a lot of support from social workers and staff. However, once you journey beyond the institutional setting that support is often difficult to find. That is where Share Your Story steps…
  • Tag! You’re It!

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Tonight’s post is very brief because we have to be up before dawn tomorrow for Charlie’s Upper GI. After today’s speech therapy (which went really well!), I took Charlie to a new (to us) park. Normally, when we go to the playground, I end up playing with Charlie. The other kids usually refer to her as a baby and show no interest in playing with her. Today was different. Charlie played her very first game of tag! It was a big day in our world.      
  • Plastic Toys

    Rebecca Wood
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Today was the first day of speech therapy for the fall semester. Charlie is back to her four day a week therapy schedule. Summer was nice while it lasted. Charlie attends speech therapy twice a week at a local university. It is much more affordable than private speech and has been more effective than EI. Since it is a teaching program, SLP students conduct the therapy session under the video supervision of an instructor. Each semester, the student assigned to Charlie changes. Charlie met her speech therapist for the fall semester today. She did well with Charlie. I think this is a promising…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • One Smiling Moment -- The Truth Behind an Okay Photo

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

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

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

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
     We wandered through the sand along the shore picking through and marveling at the pieces of sculpted wood, scattered and half-buried at the foot of the dunes like weary travelers that finally found their beach.  Some were whole trees, others just pieces, all brought there by waves, shaped by water and time, each representing an unknowable story. Someplace, at sometime before, these stood as living trees, or parts of one.How far they’d come and how long it took, we’ll never know. Even what they were was often beyond our ability to know. An old oak, or a young…
  • A Letter to The Parents of the Golf Cart Kids

    Cort Ruddy
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    It’s the time of year when families young and old try to get away together to that special summer place. It could be a collection of cottages around a reservoir in Alabama, a favorite R.V. park in the Midwest, or mountain campground in the Adirondacks. For my family, it was always a small community of camps (which is what we call cottages in Upstate New York) along the shores of Lake Ontario.I spent every summer that mattered there growing up, and learned all I cared to know on those shores. Now, my wife and I take our young kids there. But something has changed about our little…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • How to Erase Bullying
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Bullying is a problem that has gotten out of control. It is essential that parents recognize the warning signs of bullying. Find time to converse with kids on the subject. It will be uncomfortable, but it is necessary. There may be subtle or not so subtle changes in behavior. Basically, it is just important to pay close attention to any deviation to a child’s or teen’s behavior. Taking action will go a long way to erase bullying. Here are some signs that your child is being bullied Suddenly not wanting to go to school or attend extra-curricular activities Being more anxious and…
  • Rape Victims: Stories and Prevention
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Rape Victims: An Overview of Rape and Sexual Assault Rape and sexual assault are very serious crimes which can lead to serious physical and emotional damage. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 237,868 people are victims of sexual assault. Every two minutes, a sexual assault occurs. RAINN also reports that forty four percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of eighteen, making teenage rape victims not uncommon.. Eighty percent of those people are under the age of thirty. Unfortunately, these statistics cannot be truly accurate, since sixty percent of…
  • Date Rape Drugs
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Date rape drugs can be physically and emotionally devastating for victims. It is possible for date rape to still occur when drugs are not involved, however, the victim is a bit more agreeable and less likely to fight back when a drug has been used. There have been laws passed and awareness programs started to help stop these predators from attacking their victims. However, that has not stop sexual predators from using these drugs to incapacitate their victims and taking full advantage of the situation. Do not allow yourself to become a victim by understanding the symptoms, causes, names and…
  • Sarah Clerkson: Another Victim of Bullying Death
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The frequency in which bullying ends in tragic results is so pervasive in our society that oftentimes the latest victim becomes merely another statistic, or case study devoted to solving the problem. With the exception of those who were close to the victim of course. For the bereaved family and friends who are left behind to mourn, questions and regrets are what replace faded memories of a young life taken too soon due to a bullying death. Such is the tragedy of 14-year old Sarah Clerkson. Sarah found herself the victim of online bullying that stretched the fabric of her ability to cope with…
  • Anti Bullying Legislation
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Anti bullying legislation has only been a recent occurrence in the past few years. As bullying as become more of a focus in the media, states are doing what they can to create laws to protect the victims and establish proper punishment for those who choose to bully. These legislation laws are not always easily passed and have faced some controversy in the past. But as states, schools and the government push forward on the issue, more reform will be made to make things fair for everyone involved. United States Legislation 49 states have passed anti bullying legislation since 1999. Some of the…
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  • You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.

    Meghan G
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In which I declare it open season and offer up a referendum on other people's parenting in public. No really. Read You get what you get, and you don’t get upset. on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Dear Mom on an iPhone: You are doing OK. Book Review: Everything Goes On Land Parenting secrets no one tells you
  • Debt Free Holiday: Photo Gifts

    Meghan G
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Photo gifts are the epitome of creative, personalized giving. One of my favorite, budget friendly gift ideas came from my friend, JMM Mary S when I asked for ideas for my mom for Mothers’ Day, several years ago. She suggested I purchase my mother an 8×8 photo scrapbook, and create additional pages in installments. I Read Debt Free Holiday: Photo Gifts on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Debt Free Holiday: Free Printable Kids Crafts & Gifts Debt Free Holiday: Alternative Gifts Debt Free Holiday: Personalized Calendars
  • #BigAppleCircus is a tent full of wild, crazy, and amazing… so, basically, it’s a circus. An awesome circus!

    Meghan G
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Inside the Big Apple Circus tent you'll find a lot of things- a box of ferrets, a dancing camel, horse riding goats, and trained shelter dogs among them- but the single thing you'll find most abundant is delight. The show is performed in a smaller than average tent, so you are never terribly far from the action. In fact, at times, the show actually comes out into the audience and you may find yourself becoming part of the show. Read #BigAppleCircus is a tent full of wild, crazy, and amazing… so, basically, it’s a circus. An awesome circus! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a…
  • GIVEAWAY: 3 month eMeals subscription!

    Meghan G
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Tired of salads? Enter to win a 3 month subscription to eMeals! I'm not sure I ever mentioned this, but my husband has made me sweet potatoes and fresh spinach exactly ONE time in his life- and it was because he was following an eMeals plan! How HOT is that? Read GIVEAWAY: 3 month eMeals subscription! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: I’m doing an eMeals Test Drive! Maple Mustard Pork Loin Free Printable Weekly Menu Plan
  • 30 minute “Faux” Mein Recipe

    Meghan G
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    This easy lo mein recipe is quicker than takeout, can be made with beef, chicken, or tofu, has vegetarian and vegan variations, and my husband said it was better than the restaurant version. The sauce only has four ingredients- five if you count water. Everybody has got time for that! Read 30 minute “Faux” Mein Recipe on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Mary-Alice’s No Honey Honey chicken Meghan’s Homemade Red Sauce Skillet Coq au Vin (with Chicken and Vegetarian versions!)
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  • Testing for Hearing Loss in Children

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    As a mother, therapist, friend, neighbor, etc I hear people say all the time, “Oh he/she is the best baby…he/she never cries, fusses, puts anything in his/her mouth, and can sleep through a train driving through our house.”  Or I may hear the opposite, “He/she will only sleep if it is totally silent, cries all the time, and never seems happy.”  So are these behaviors indications of sensory issues or just the child’s temperament? Never puts anything in their mouth vs. Puts everything in their mouth Children learn to explore their environment in many different ways, including…
  • Q&A: 3 Year Old Has Separation Anxiety

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    My daughter recently turned 3. She still nurses and sleeps in our bed, which is fine with me. I am worried about her separation anxiety. It started around 10 months and got worse until about 13 months (she would scream as I took 2 min. showers while her dad hugged her on the other side of the glass). At 17 months she was showing some improvement and I started taking her to playgroup. She took a few weeks, but reached a point where she didn’t care if I left the room to go to the bathroom. At 20 months we moved to the U.S. She then had another peak in stranger anxiety and also would not…
  • Helpful Strategies for Apraxia of Speech or Late Talking Toddlers

    Rinda Graybill
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    In our previous article, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, we discussed some characteristics of suspected apraxia of speech in toddlers.  To redefine childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), it is a motor speech disorder.  A child who has CAS will have difficulty planning motor movements for speech production.  So, what does this mean?  A child with CAS will often know what they want to say, but when they go to say a word, the word that was in their brain gets lost before it gets to the mouth and throat to produce the word.  This results in the word not coming out at all, or not coming out…
  • Hand Holding Tips for Parents with Toddlers

    Stephanie Saikaly
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Holding your toddler’s hand can be one of the most beautiful connections between caregivers and children.  Yet, what if your toddler/child simply refuses to hold your hand?  What are we do to when we need to guide them or protect them from danger?  This is a topic often covered in sessions with my families who are concerned with safety and awareness of boundaries.  If you are struggling with hand-holding behaviors, here are some helpful intervention strategies and hand holding tips to get you started on thinking about how to adjust your approach.  Keep in mind, every…
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  • 1st Anniversary Giveaway

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

    Megan Headley
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you ever notice how pregnant women and parents with little kids seem to naturally attract all kinds of unsolicited advice? When I was pregnant, so many people told me, “Try to enjoy your child. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the time goes.” What exactly does that even mean? I wondered for a bit, but ultimately like so much other unwarranted wisdom sent my way in those long months of pregnancy, I cast it aside. And, for the first three months of her life, I did think that I was enjoying my daughter. It’s true, I was a bit anxious to get back to work and to taming the garden, and…
  • 3 Super Simple Mindfulness Techniques That Nobody Talks About

    Libby Beer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever tried practicing mindfulness? It can be wonderful — experiences flow over you, making you see new beauty in familiar things. And taking that moment to just see what’s going on can change your whole outlook. Even in your less-than-proud moments, stepping back and paying attention makes a world of difference — not just for your plans to do better in the future, but for your mood in the moment. When you really notice that you feel like shouting at your baby for once again head-butting you instead of just going to sleep already, come on, we’re all exhausted —…
  • What is Mindfulness, And How to Reap its Benefits (Even if You Aren’t Into Touchy, Feely, New Agey Stuff)

    Yasmin Gamal
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve heard of mindful parenting, right? I know, silly question. You couldn’t have escaped it unless you were living in a pod in outer space — everybody and their pet seems to be talking about it these days. But, what exactly is mindfulness? And can you benefit from it even if you’re not quite into the whole touchy, feely, new-agey stuff? I hear you. I stumbled on mindfulness by chance, or fate, depending on how you look at it and what you believe. Either way it was a happy incident. We were in Kuala Lumpur Airport waiting for our plane to arrive and decided to grab a…
  • An Accidental Discovery That Resolved Many of Our Family’s Discipline Issues

    Julie MacDonald
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s infuriating isn’t it? You read a million articles about how to be a better parent and study a million new techniques to master this discipline thingie, and still your kids are masters of misbehavior and will tear each other apart at the slightest provocation. What gives? I am a committed skeptic when it comes to parenting know how. But I recently discovered something that helped our family resolve sibling rivalry, discipline issues and more, and changed our family forever. Mindfulness. When I started, I had no idea that it had a new-agey name or that it was being hailed as some new…
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  • Navratri Special: Whole Green Gram Sweet Sundall

    Sangeetha Menon
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I have many fond memories of Navratri especially with the book keeping ceremony. Everything related to our education and arts like books, musical instruments would be kept to seek blessings of Goddess. We as students were always enthusiastic to keep books. The actual enthusiasm and happiness was not about seeking blessings from the goddess but [...] The post Navratri Special: Whole Green Gram Sweet Sundall appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 5 Principles of Mahatma Gandhi I Want My Child to Imbibe

    Sangeetha Menon
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Every night when Anshika sleeps, I and my husband discuss about her. I tell him how much I wish to inculcate confidence in our daughter that would help in every phase of her life. My hubby talks about the day when he took her in his arms as a newborn and how tensed he was [...] The post 5 Principles of Mahatma Gandhi I Want My Child to Imbibe appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Healthy Oats Carrots Unniyappam for Toddlers and Kids

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Good morning lovely readers. I hope some of you might have came across the recent Bumps n Baby facebook page post. It was about to guess the secret healthy ingredients of unniyappam.In today’s post I am going to reveal the secret healthy ingredients to prepare those nutritious unniyappams. But before heading into the recipe, I [...] The post Healthy Oats Carrots Unniyappam for Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Simple and Effective Ways to Encourage Talking in Toddlers

    Anjana Jins
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Curious Minds and Razor Sights, our toddlers are learning at every step they venture. A quiet house will lull them to sleep; a dark atmosphere will make no crackles.  So let us be proactive, trigger their talking buds and make room for a happening life. So what if they communicate in cries and laughter, keep [...] The post 10 Simple and Effective Ways to Encourage Talking in Toddlers appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Beetroot Halwa for Toddlers and Kids

    yamuna balamurugan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Have you tried the beetroot carrot soup for your baby? One fine day I tried giving plain beetroot puree to my baby, but she refused to have it even one spoon. I didn’t want to waste the beetroot puree. It was then the idea of making beetroot halwa came to my mind. I made Beetroot [...] The post Beetroot Halwa for Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • How to Make Cleaning the House Fun

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Do you ever struggle with keeping your house clean and organized? Especially when you have young children running around pulling every block and book off the shelf. Whether you stay at home or you work it can be difficult to find time to clean up. Cleaning the house as a family can make things go faster. You can also teach your children valuable independent living skills when you clean together. Here are some simple tips to making cleaning more fun for everyone.Add Music. Turn on your favorite music and sing with your family as you straighten up the living room or do the dishes. Kids will be…
  • Teaching Children the Power of Kindness

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    It is very important to teach kids to be kind to others so they can develop strong and healthy relationships throughout their lifetime. Simple acts of kindness can go a long way when it comes to creating solid friendships and building healthy relationships that are unselfish and that last for many years. Kindness is another word for paying it forward. Paying it forward is giving of one's self in the hope that the kind actions presented continue to pass on from person to person with no expectation of anything in return. Teaching kids to be kind on a general basis and to do something kind for…
  • Ditch the Formaldehyde and Use Natural Nail Polish Instead

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    I, for one, find little girls with polished nails to be irresistibly adorable - the younger, the cuter! I am personally rarely seen without toe nail polish. Like so many girls, from tots to teens and adults, I really enjoy painted nails! Recently, I've learned that not all nail polishes are created equal. Many contain toluene and formaldehyde and some still contain dibutyl phthalate (DBP); these three chemicals are known as the "toxic trio" of cosmetics and should really be avoided. Opting for natural nail polish that is free of these toxins is better for the health of your daughter and our…
  • Tummy Warming Pumpkin Recipes

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Pumpkins are unique to the Autumn season and serve both as a beautiful decoration and a yummy addition to your table. Be sure to buy a few extra of these orange squashes when planning for your fall decor. After trying one of these pumpkin recipes, you may find yourself telling the kids that "Sorry! Someone must have stolen our pumpkins from front porch but eat some more pumpkin bisque!"Chef Cameron Krahel's Pumpkin Bisque - first time published online!1 large pumpkin (canned pumpkin may not be substituted!)1 medium onion, chopped2 carrots, chopped4 cloves garlic, chopped3 tablespoons olive…
  • Kids and Pets: How to Help Them Get Along

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    When it comes to kids and pets, there can be a variety of reasons why they may not get along or have one of those loving cuddly relationships you see on TV. First of all, safety is imperative when it comes to introducing a pet to a child. Once you establish that the pet is safe to be around your children, there is room for a lifelong friendship to evolve.The benefits of having an animal in the home as children develop are phenomenal and can contribute greatly to mental, physical and spiritual growth. Anything from learning how to take care of a pet to learning about unconditional love from a…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • Marc Silverstein and Busy Philipps Step Out With Their Daughter Cricket

    Lisa Arneill
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein were spotted taking their daughter Cricket shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles, California on Saturday(September). Marc pushed his little lady in a jogger as they made their way through the mall. Currently filming the 6th, and final season of Cougar Town, Busy recently told CBS News that having two kids can be a challenge but she’s happy to have the help her mom didn’t have while she was growing up. “I’m fortunate enough to have a full time nanny because I work a lot and my husband also works.  I think about my own…
  • Grapple Toy Tether Keeps Your Kids Toys Close & Clean!

    Lisa Arneill
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Every year when I walk the ABC Kids Expo floor I look for products that I think moms would love.  This year a shiny red apple caught me eye but when I stopped to check it out I really liked the design and practical nature of the product. It’s no secret that kids like to keep their favorite toys close, but also love to see how many times you’ll pick them up off the floor.  And while it’s funny the first and second time, we are always looking for ways to keep our kid’s toys clean and convenient. The Grapple is a compact ‘apple’ that sticks to any surface…
  • Chelsea Clinton Welcomes A Baby Girl!

    Lisa Arneill
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Congratulations are in order for former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky after the pair welcomed a baby girl on Saturday! Just after noon on Saturday Chelsea announced the exciting new on twitter saying, Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. Shortly after, she shared a picture of the new family along with a note, At 7:03 PM on September 26th, we finally met Charlotte. We’re in love. Grampa, and former president Bill Clinton followed up the announcement with a picture of himself and…
  • Behavioral Therapy Received by Only One Quarter of ADHD Children on Medication

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    While medication alone can manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for most children, studies have suggested that some children may do better and take lower doses of stimulant medications when receiving behavioral therapy along with ADHD drugs. Unfortunately, a new study has revealed that only about one quarter of commercially insured children taking ADHD medication are also receiving psychotherapy, and in many parts of the country, the percentage is much lower. The new RAND Corporation Study, published as a research letter in the September 22nd edition of JAMA Pediatrics,…
  • Lunch Break Baby Delivered at Mom’s Work in Restroom

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    As we all know, babies come when they want and where they want. April Brown, born three months premature, simply reinforced this knowledge by deciding that she wanted to come early while her mother was on her lunch break. But, unlike some of our eager babies, April did give at least a little bit of a warning to her mother, Hannah Brown, even if she didn’t quite recognize it as such. “I woke up and didn’t quite feel myself but I didn’t think much of it and went to work,” Hannah, head of the baby unit at Tree Tops Nursery, told Daily Star. “I’d had a scan the day before and…
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  • Prison Escape! Our Visit to Eastern State Penitentiary

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

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

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

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

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    When I received my monthly LAR newsletter, there was a blurb in it about texting and driving and how someone made the comment that “they are good at doing it, so not to worry.”  You SHOULD and NEED to worry about this ever growing problem! Everyday my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with articles about horrific deaths or injuries caused by texting and driving.  The statistics are scary, with over 1.6 million accidents, 330,000 injuries, and 11 teen deaths EVERY day caused by texting and driving!  And it is 6 times more likely to happen while texting and driving than while driving…
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  • 4 SAT Tips to Score 2300+

    Victor dMdB
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    SAT tips to get you to the top SAT is perhaps one of the single most daunting tests high-schoolers all over the world have to face at one point in their lives. Unfortunately, it is also a prerequisite for entry to places in some of the most prestigious and coveted universities in the US such as Harvard College or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yet challenging is not synonymous to impossible. There are handles and grips to the SAT – only if you know where to find it and how to use it to your advantage! Here are 4 proven SAT tips to ace your ecam and win yourself a place in your dream…
  • A Parent’s Guide to the Secondary One Posting Exercise (S1PE)

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

    Dawn Tan
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    Appearing in late 1960s, the video game industry has become a $93 Billion market in 2013. Our understanding of the impact of casual or intense gaming is still limited, but a there is a growing amount of research observing both the positive and negative impacts of this activity. “Gaming is a waste of time”, who hasn’t heard it before? Believed by some to cause anti-social behaviour, inciting violence, and potentially leading to extreme cases. Though researchers are increasingly pointing to the notion that this commonly held belief is flawed. This disparity in scientific and public…
  • The Islands of Singapore – Balik Pulau Exhibition

    Dawn Tan
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    How many Islands of Singapore are there? 2? Or 5? To many Singaporeans, Singapore is limited to everything between Jurong West, Changi and Johor Bahru, “just a red dot on the map”. Oh yeah Sentosa is one… But there are actually a whole lot more. Singapore has 60 offshore islands, most of which are restricted to military or private use, but still, that’s a lot! You can still head to the Southern islands for a quick get away from the city. Comprising of 8 islands, they are the Kusu Island, Lazarus Island, St. John’s Island, Pulau Semakau, Pulau Tekukor, Sentosa, and the two…
  • ASEAN Scholarship – Everything you need to know

    Dawn Tan
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What is it? It’s a fully sponsored scholarship by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow citizens of ASEAN countries to study in Singapore. Depending on the applicants’ country, there are up to three types of scholarships offered, each for a different level of education: Secondary One scholarship (lasting 6 years) Secondary Three scholarship (lasting 4 years) Pre-university scholarship (lasting 2 years) We also have an article on the educational system (link) in Singapore, if you’re not sure how it works. The cost of studying in Singapore can be covered all the way to…
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    Funderstanding: Education, Curriculum and Learning Resources

  • Make Confusion Your Friend

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

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

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

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

    Ashley Sutphin Watkins
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
      We recently covered standardized testing, and all of the associated pitfalls, and while it can be easy to know what you don’t like about rigorously testing students, the next question often becomes, “okay, so how do we replace it?” That’s where it becomes a bit trickier. For all of the downsides of standardized testing, it does still hold some purpose—primarily as a way to make schools and teachers accountable. Accountability is important, particularly when billions of dollars are being spent on education in this country. With that being said, as more and more money pours…
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  • The kindness of strangers

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    ‘Is that my soup?’ ‘huh? yours? I don’t know how it got in the trolley’ ‘It’s mine, I picked it up. Can I have it for lunch tomorrow?’ ‘Will you actually eat it?’ ‘YES!’ ‘Hmm’ *skeptical face*… ‘What is it then?’ ‘I don’t know. What is it?’ ‘It’s… er.. Hungarian beef goulash’ ‘MMMMM yum!’ Haha. […] The post The kindness of strangers appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Anyone with kids will know that having a decent vacuum cleaner is worth it’s weight in gold. I have been using a Henry for about, oh, 10 years now? Blissfully ignorant, I’ve dragged poor Henry around my house every day, up the stairs, one at a time. Clunk. Clunk. Clunk. I’ve nearly pulled my hair […] The post Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Making the switch to stainless steel drinking straws

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Ok, I’ve been a bit AWOL recently, work is stressful, my house is packed up into boxes etc.. you get the picture. I really don’t have much time for anything at the moment other than work, commuting to work, or sorting through boxes. So although I didn’t get a chance to post during Zero Waste […] The post Making the switch to stainless steel drinking straws appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • 10 reasons to take part in Zero Waste Week this September

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Can you believe Zero Waste Week is in it’s SEVENTH year?! Nope? Me neither. Well anyway it is! It’s on 1st – 7th of September and I’ve been thinking long and hard about why everybody should take part! I remember growing up, before recycling was the done thing. We used to throw everything in one […] The post 10 reasons to take part in Zero Waste Week this September appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • She’s a mother and wife and she’s proud to be… A WORKING GIRL

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    OK, so maybe that’s not true. But nevertheless you can’t beat a bit of Dolly Parton Yesterday I had a job interview. For a job I don’t even want. I managed to pass a 40 minute written paper, a drugs calculation exam without a calculator, and then an observed skill test where I had to […] The post She’s a mother and wife and she’s proud to be… A WORKING GIRL appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
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  • Do Children Need Imagination?

    Sia Mitra
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    A generation back most of the children usually finished their twelfth from the same school they started in. (unless of course they were Armed Forces kids). What with the world shrinking so drastically there are frequent changes in place of stay, sometimes even outside the country. Kids are excellent at ‘adjusting’ and manage much better than their elder and betters (?). However, here is a tongue-in-cheek assessment of such a situation. Mrs. M has shifted to Singapore recently. I keep in touch despite the ocean in between as she is facing a tough time getting used to the new environment.
  • Encouraging Curiosity in a Child

    Asawari Joshi Salwan
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Source: Google images One of the everlasting memories every parent has is that of their child asking questions. Some quote – “The questions go and on!” “The questions are across so many thought processes” “The questions are pure torture!” “The questions are so diverse, I never know what to say!” “How do I answer his questions? I feel so unequipped to deal with the increasing curiosity!” “I am unable to keep up with the increasing  hunger for knowledge. I think books are better!” and so on. I can keep quoting more, but I think we get the idea here. Also Read: What to…
  • Respecting your Child’s Viewpoint

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    “What do you think I should do?” I do not remember the exact circumstance, but when I saw our daughter respond to a particular situation, I said to myself, “Ah! She is not a kid anymore.” It is true that our age difference will always remain constant, but the mental age gap shrinks fast. There comes a time we start asking our children for advice. Children are more perceptive than we can imagine or give them credit for. They can sense who is sincere, who is not. On many occasions our daughter told me that some one was taking me for a ride. I realised later that she was right. I…
  • Understanding your Paediatrician

    Krishna Mahathi
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    “We have turned doctors into gods and worship their deity by offering up our bodies and our souls – not to mention our worldly goods. And yet paradoxically, they are the most vulnerable of human beings. And because they are painfully aware that they cannot live up to our expectations, their anguish is unquantifiably intense. They have aptly been called ‘wounded healers.’ “ – Eric Segal I am writing this article not because I think we paediatricians don’t receive the empathy we deserve; it’s just that I feel strongly that we don’t qualify for the criticism…
  • Getting your Children and Yourself to Exercise

    Richa Ingle Deo
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Richa Ingle Deo Lt Cdr (Retd.) Richa Ingle Deo is an ex-Naval Officer who lives with one husband and two super Kids (aged 6 & 8) in Gurgaon, India. She is a Life Strategist Coach, who in her free time writes scripts for animated series like Chhota Bheem, Krishna Balram, Kumbh Karan. Her Blog her random ramblings on matters such as running, fitness, parenting, family and Living Life King Size! What’s your Story?! “Come on Lazy Bones, get up and exercise!” “Why?” “Because you should!” “Why?” “Because it’s good for…
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    Building a Village

  • To Whom it May Concern

    Trisha Selby
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Through social media and the internet.. I get to connect with family, old friends, make new ones, follow some pages and groups with people with similar interests… or weird sense of humors like mine… But it’s also setting ourselves up to be exposed and vulnerable. Where am I going with this?? … I’ll tell ya… My son, affectionately known by the family as Mickey, has autism. Is it what I wanted for my child? Absolutely not! But I have to say, since his diagnosis, and even more so over the last few years, I see so many parents and families dealing with and…
  • Ice Breaker

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Ok I’ll jump in and break the ice, first post is hard but I expect someone to follow Little over a month ago I turned the dreaded 40. An age that haunted me for quite awhile. Still kind of does to be totally honest. My 30s were anything but great so I should have been exhilarated to see them go, but it still weighed on me. Laying in bed one night in the silence of my house I realized why. I would venture to say life currently is not how we ever dreamed it would be. I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. But if anyone would have told me 20 some odd years ago my life would look…
  • Hello world!

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Welcome aboard!  A place where a group of writers with more than a few things in common can have a platform and a voice.  No particular subject, whatever strikes their fancy in that moment.  Stay tuned for more. ~The Admin and Resident Overtalker, Melissa
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    Modern Tots Blog

  • Make Good Use of Your Kids Table and Chairs Set With the Right Activities

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

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

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

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

    Tara McGovern
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you know what chemicals were used in the manufacturing of your child’s bed and furniture? If you answered “no” to this question, you aren’t alone. The truth is that most parents pay little-to-no attention to the chemicals used in their child’s furniture or how they are made. But alarming new studies are revealing the dangers of common chemicals found in furniture, some of which may increase your child’s risk of developing ADHD and other health conditions. Flame Retardants One of the most common types of chemicals found in furniture is flame retardants.
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • 4 Ways Ignorance Can Hinder Child Behavior

    Nathaniel Turner
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Several of the news stories over the last several weeks have been very disconcerting. In particular the news stories surrounding NFL players and domestic abuse and child abuse. The fact that there are men who have yet to evolve from believing beating and hitting children is justifiable is one huge issue. An even greater issue […]
  • Quick Tip: 6 Habits of Highly Effective Parents

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    There’s no one way to raise a kid right. But there are a few things that highly effective parents do. Take a look at some of the 6 habits of highly effective parents. Do you do any of these?
  • How Domestic Violence Affects Children

    Nathaniel Turner
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    When I was a small child, my mom would routinely remind my sister and me to “keep your hands to yourself”. As is the case with juvenile siblings, almost daily we found something to be antagonistic about. Whether it was bothering something that belonged to the other or if it was calling each other a […]
  • Discipline With Purpose

    Nathaniel Turner
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    I was always pretty confident about the right way to raise my son but the one area that made me uneasy, unsure about myself was discipline. I think my insecurity originated with my childhood. You see, I am the product from an era seemingly long gone by – the age of “Spare The Rod Spoil The […]
  • 21 Things To Do For The First Day Of School

    Nathaniel Turner
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Whether your child has already returned to school or they are still waiting for the first day of school, one thing is certain going back to school and the first day of school are usually a big deal. Some kids are excited to get away from home, reconnect with old friends and continue the process […]
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    Just Another Mum Blog | Just Another Mum Blog

  • The Simple Things

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

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

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    I often don’t pay much attention while I’m doing our grocery shopping and end up spending far more than I should so I challenged myself this week to plan carefully before we shopped and try to spend as little money as we could (while still eating a mainly healthy diet) and I surprised myself by getting the shopping in at under $100 for the week, only about 4 cents under, but still! I though that I would share a very vague plan of budget meals that we will be eating this week for $100 (bearing in mind that some stuff was already in the fridge/pantry) Breakfasts Cereal or toast…
  • Easy Toddler Lunch.

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    I thought I would share one of our easiest go to lunches when this mummy can’t be bothered to put in a lot of effort (or little miss T won’t let me.) No it’s not the apple pictured. When I need something quick and easy that still has goodness in it I make a Frittata. Today we made one with zuchinni and tomato because we were just about to go out and do our groceries and that was all we had left over from last weeks shopping. I’ll give you the recipe for the one we made today but really you can chuck any vegetables (and cold meats, bacon etc.) into it. I also have some…
  • Activities For A Rainy Day.

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    We woke up this morning to an over cast, wet day so I had to come up with some ways to entertain miss T. Kinetic Sand We bought some Kinetic Sand the other day so I thought it was a good time to pull it out. That went pretty much how I had expected it to though. She squished it around for a few minutes, started trying to shove it into her mouth and when I wouldn’t let that happen she started trying to throw it all over the room so that got packed up rather quickly and I had to come up with something else to do! Marble Painting I remembered when I used to work in childcare we did marble…
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  • Rules for simple living

    Santoshh Singh
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    The post Rules for simple living appeared first on Palchoice. In today’s complex world it’s very difficult to live a simple life, even if you want to do so. But why simplicity is required in life? Are there any rules for simple living? Complexity of today’s world has resulted in tremendous amount of stress and tension in our life. That’s why it always a good [...] The post Rules for simple living appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Success habits: only fools will avoid these

    Santoshh Singh
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The post Success habits: only fools will avoid these appeared first on Palchoice. What is the one thing that every person desire in life? It is the desire to achieve success in life. It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, male or female, big or small, black or white: you want to succeed in life. But why only a few achieve success in life? You must [...] The post Success habits: only fools will avoid these appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to motivate yourself to start working

    Santoshh Singh
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The post How to motivate yourself to start working appeared first on Palchoice. We all are working to achieve our goal in life. Some people love what they are doing while others are doing it to sustain themselves. So whether we like it or not we all have to work. So how you can motivate yourself to start working? When you like your work, then this question is [...] The post How to motivate yourself to start working appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 5 things that successful people hate

    Santoshh Singh
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    The post 5 things that successful people hate appeared first on Palchoice. Do you want to know what are the 5 things that successful people hate? In fact they hate these things so much that they avoid it like a plague. And because they do this they are so successful in life. Every single person on this earth possesses these 5 things. But the best part is [...] The post 5 things that successful people hate appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic

    Santoshh Singh
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    The post Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic appeared first on Palchoice.   It is a dream of every blogger to attract millions of visitors to his blog. Obviously more visitor means more money and a successful blog. But most blogger struggle to attract sufficient traffic to their blog. Not getting enough traffic is an extremely frustrating and heart breaking experience. Lack of traffic can kill your [...] The post Best free wordpress plugin to boost traffic appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Sessa Daily

  • Going On Holiday

    Sessa Daily
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    The post Going On Holiday appeared first on %% Hi everyone, just wanted to leave a little note to let you know that I’m going to be on holiday (YAY) until early next week so I won’t be posting on the blog. I will be posting sporadically to Twitter and Instagram though so if you’d like updates and images from France, make sure to follow me on there. Hope you all have a lovely week. I’m going to be enjoying some sunshine, good food and some much needed R’n’R. But wish us luck with the plane ride. Looking forward to filling you in with…
  • Living in Rented Accommodation with A Baby (Part 1)

    Sessa Daily
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    The post Living in Rented Accommodation with A Baby (Part 1) appeared first on %% Living in rented accommodation with a baby is hard. Why is it hard, you might ask? It’s hard for the following reasons.. You break it, you buy it. (Kinda). When we moved into this apartment, we really loved the fact that it was crisp and modern. I have to say I’m not usually a fan of carpets (dust is the worst) but they were all beige and soft and perfectly complemented the clean white walls. Well, 6 months after baby I’m now looking around and I can see the spots where…
  • This Week’s Roundup (19.09.14)

    Sessa Daily
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The post This Week’s Roundup (19.09.14) appeared first on %% This week has been a very busy and exhausting week. Little miss G is definitely teething and I’m pretty sure she’s going through leap 5 of the Wonder Weeks. Though, according to her due date she shouldn’t be doing that for another week or so. But honestly, who the hell knows what to believe anymore. Since going to see an Osteopath the other week, she had been doing MUCH better during the day but still sleeping horribly at night. But about 3 days ago it all went out the window.
  • Parenting Book Club!

    Sessa Daily
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    The post Parenting Book Club! appeared first on %% Introducing Parenting Book Club! Alright – I have to admit I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with books at the moment. I can’t seem to start one without instantly finding another I want to read and then both of them end up half read on my nightstand. The only books I seem to be able to fully get through are parenting ones – and they usually leave me a little confused (conflicting advice, arrrrggh!!) and with a million questions. This morning it occurred to me that it would be awesome to start a…
  • New Photography Linky – Blogging Photo Hacks

    Sessa Daily
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The post New Photography Linky – Blogging Photo Hacks appeared first on %% Welcome to my new Blogging Photography Hacks Link Party! Photography is something that I’ve had a big interest in for a long time. I studied it as part of my overall university degree and I’m known for over-documenting everything. I’ve been joining in a lot of twitter chats lately (#lbloggers and #socialbloggers etc) and one of the themes that keeps coming up again and again is how important photos are and how much people have learned since beginning their own blog.
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  • 7 Ways To Advocate For Your Gifted Child

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Whether you have a gifted child, or one with learning issues or other disorders, it is important to be an advocate for them. You, as the parent, know your child the best. They are too young to speak up for … Continue reading → Tags:  advocating for your gifted child, gifted advocacy, gifted children singapore Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    A Hairy Affair  Favourite cartoons  El's Sports Day  Parents and Teachers  Mao, Meow…
  • How To Encourage Young Advanced Readers

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    (I wrote this a year ago and had forgotten to post it.) El is a voracious reader. He loves to read, and he asks for books to read. He is also reading at a few grades higher than his age. … Continue reading → Tags:  reading, young advanced readers, young readers Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Educational Toys and Books from Flea Market  El Practises The Piano  Obsession With Dinosaurs  The Toucan by Shel Silverstein  Recovery…
  • Dinner, Music, Art and Ninja Skills

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    We went out for dinner, slightly unusual for a Sunday night, but because it was the school holidays. It is really hard finding suitable food for El. As a picky eater, he stopped eating the mac and cheese after tasting … Continue reading → Tags:  dinner, geronimo stilton, manuscript book, music, picky eater, water colours Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    El's Sports Day  Garisms: Gar's Quips  Water and African Children Conversation…
  • Flea Market And Mid Autumn Festival

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    The best time to go to an annual flea market is to go after it is supposed to be closing, because that is when you get fire sale prices! After dinner, we rushed home for a Mid Autumn Festival Celebration … Continue reading → Tags:  discovery story box, early readers, flea market, juggler, mid autumn festival, story box magazines Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Water and African Children Conversation  Carrot Vs Stick - Sticker Reward For…
  • Playing Dinosaur Charades

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Somebody once mentioned her child wanted to play charades, of dinosaurs no less. I never thought that it would happen to me. El, the boy who loves dinosaurs, suddenly announced we were playing dinosaur charades, and started acting like a … Continue reading → Tags:  ankylosaurus, compsognathus, dinosaur charades, diplodocus, gifted child, iguanodon, pteranodon, sauropod Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  2 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    How To Bring A Book Alive - Experiments And Games…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • Everything They Tell You About Parenting Older Kids Is a Lie​

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Post by Linda Sharps. When my kids were younger, I remember thinking how much easier things would be when they got past the baby/toddler stage. Now that they are 9 and 6, I'm greatly relieved to have made it through the years of sleep deprivation, tantrums, and potty training -- but while the physical job of caring for them has eased, I'm discovering that our lives are actually growing more hectic day by day. I've always said that babies should come with their own "It gets better" campaign, but in terms of creating scheduling headaches and the sensation of being overwhelmed at all times, it…
  • Top 10 (Totally Awesome) Things Kids Want to Be When They Grow Up

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's the question every single parent has uttered at one point during their child's most formative years. And a new survey has polled almost 4,000 American parents to find out what their children, ages 10 and under, wish to be when they're older. Get ready for this, world, because we're about to have a ton more good guys in the next generation. Check out the list of the 10 most popular career choices for today's fourth graders:Can you believe what the #1 choice is? (Check out the last slide to see!) What does your child want to…
  • 8 Reasons Your Kid Won't Be Invited Back for Another Playdate

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Post by Jill Smokler. Playdates are a necessary evil of parenting, but there are some behaviors so horrific that they warrant a permanent playdate ban. What behaviors, you ask? I'll tell you!Screaming, shrieking tantrums. We have enough loud and crazy here to deal with already; there’s no need to borrow more. Hitting, kicking, spitting, biting, pushing, throwing/breaking things, and swearing. My house, my rules. I prefer for my kids to feel safe and comfortable in their own home, not terrorized and threatened by a little punk of a peer. Being mean to the dog. Those kids need help, but…
  • Halloween Costumes for Little Girls​ Scare This Mom to Death​

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Post by Jeanne Sager. I'm not sure why I thought this year's Halloween costume search would be different. Maybe because my daughter has asked to dress up as a panda for the holiday? The costume makers couldn't possibly use the cutest and cuddliest of bears to divide boys and girls down gender lines, can they? Oh, but they can. Because once again, when I plugged my daughter's Halloween costume request into Google, the results came back with options for boys ... and options for girls. Naturally, the costume pictured with a little boy covers all the skin and looks, well, like a panda. The option…
  • 14 Fun Halloween Costumes for Siblings to Wear Together​

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Post by Judy Dutton. Siblings may not always get along, but if there's one time they'll share in their excitement, it's Halloween. With two or three or more siblings, all sorts of role-playing scenarios abound, and your typical knight-and-princess, good guy-bad guy dynamics are the least of your options. To get your creative juices flowing, we scoured the blogosphere for the best ideas to bring you the most creative sibling costume ideas below. Costume #9? Hilarious! Can you top it? Images via © 68/Image Source/Ocean/Corbis; © jovanovic    
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    Loving Moms Diary

  • Simple Useful Tips on How to Put Your Baby to Sleep Safely

    Gloria Duff
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Babies spend a significant amount of time sleeping, and it is crucial that they are able to do so safely. Your baby’s nursery should have as few hazards as possible so you can avoid the risks of SIDS, suffocation and strangulation. Crib reviews, baby monitor reviews and other descriptions of products for infants can help you make informed safety decisions. Even with the best baby monitor monitoring your child, it’s important to take every precaution and make sure you are putting your baby to bed safely. Preventing the Risk of SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is also known…
  • Practical Tips on How to Get Babies to Sleep and Stay Asleep

    Gloria Duff
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    One of the biggest problems that parents have when it comes to their babies is the baby’s inability to sleep through the night. Parents may lay awake at night watching the best baby monitor while their child laughs, cries or simply stays awake throughout the night. No matter what baby monitor reviews parents look at, they will probably find that many parents are having the same problems as them. There are a few ways that parents can help get their babies to go back to sleep and these ways include establishing a routine, giving the baby the most comfortable sleep position possible and…
  • Few Tips on How to Childproof Your Home

    Gloria Duff
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Whether you have a new bouncing baby or a seasoned toddler roaming the house, there are countless dangers around every corner. From sharp corners to chemicals in cabinets, your home needs a thorough evaluation before any child explores the space. Get down to their level by sitting on the floor. The entire home looks different as you pinpoint specific areas to childproof. 5 Simple Ways to Start Childproofing Your Home Cover the Outlets Even if you’re concentrated on finding the best baby monitor, don’t overlook the outlets it must plug into. Inspect every electrical outlet in the…
  • Few Common Sleep Problems among Babies

    Gloria Duff
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Many infants have difficulty with getting to sleep and staying asleep. This often results in both you and your baby not getting enough sleep and suffering from low energy during the day. Sleep disorders in older children and adults can be rooted in infancy, so it’s best to deal with them now. Luckily, there are many techniques you can try to help your baby cope with sleep disturbances. Reading baby monitor reviews and finding the best baby monitor can also help you keep tabs on your child’s sleep patterns. Every baby is different, and the trick is figuring out what works for you…
  • The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Baby

    Gloria Duff
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Most parents who have a new baby will look for the best baby monitor. They will also probably be wondering the best position for their baby to sleep in. Whether you are a parent who chooses to use a baby monitor or not, it is a good idea to know the best position for your baby to sleep in. There are many baby monitor reviews that will tell you that you do not have to worry about the sleeping position of your baby as long as you are using a monitor, but you should always understand what is best for your baby. The most widely recognized phrase when it comes to the position a baby should sleep…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • Life is an open-book test.

    Miso Grey
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    A hundred years ago, libraries were scarce and knowledge was difficult to come by. If you didn't store something upstairs while you were young, chances are you'd never know it. But, if you think about it, there was much less to learn. With all of humanity's wonderful and exponentially expanding discoveries, it's impossible to tailor-fit a single mode of education that fits all. We as a society need to become better at finding a student's aptitude, and then customize a program that embraces their potential and promotes success. Continue reading →
  • So Disappointed in Time Magazine’s Parenting Advice by @kvanogtrop.

    Miso Grey
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I have a problem with the avoidance of the importance of fathers in the parenting scheme, and more so, the absence of practical parenting advice. Nine of ten parenting articles in Time Magazine or Huffington are silly fluff pieces. Why aren't they tackling real problems like our failing education system, bullying, sports injuries, sexual assault, entitlement, health, income disparity, food, the dumbing down of music and entertainment, and countless other issues that matter? Surely, I thought Time Magazine would be much more objective. It doesn't appear that's true any longer. Time's decision…
  • Fundraisers should be FUN.

    Miso Grey
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hey Dad! Please, please, PLEASE buy a calendar. Buy two, and I can win this pencil. And can you tell all your coworkers to buy some popcorn too. If I sell 500 cans of this crap, I can win an iPad! It’s that time again, folks. The time when my entire circle of family, friends, and Twitter … Continue reading →
  • Misandry or Literal Castration as Evidenced by Parenting Blogs.

    Miso Grey
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    @HuffPostParents hates men. Why? They've continually shunned and ignored what may be the single most important parenting book ever written, Diary of an Angry Father. I suspect @farahlearned, @emustich, @jsam1126, @CarolineSB and @xtina_anderson may all hate men and feel fathers are generally unimportant. There can be no other explanation why each and every single article they feature and repost is written and slanted towards being a mother. Continue reading →
  • I am mildly autistic. But mild autism is bullshit.

    Miso Grey
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    My son and I are probably mildly autistic. As soon as someone tells him that he's not normal, that fact alone will handicap him for the rest of his life. And the last thing I need is my bright kid to be altered and jacked up on drugs approved for fucking mice. I'm not going to tell him. Continue reading →
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  • Amazing Science Crafts For Kids – Children Can be Real Little Wizards in the Comfort of Their Own Home

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Children are born with a natural curiosity which spurs them to question, wonder and hence – discover and learn! Science crafts for kids is a great way to arise the inner curiosity because children are individual and capable learners. Home-conducted science crafts and experiments present a great opportunity for teaching children to ask ‘Why?” about everything that surrounds them, and having fun while discovering the answers. The very question “Why?” not only creates the basis of the science, but it also gives way to the creative and critical thinking process. Home-conducted…
  • Have a Careless Summer: 5 Basic Rules for Parents on Vacation

    29 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Going on vacation with children can be the most daunting task for even the most hardened traveler. Keeping your pride and joy happy and in one piece are never an easy task especially at home, much less in a foreign country. Acknowledging this fact, down below are 5 of the most basic things you must cover on vacation. They have been listed below in point format to make your life a lot easier. 1. Always keep your children near This method is especially important when you are in public places such as the airport, or train station. Agree beforehand that you will always remain close. Your best…
  • Bonus Video! The Funniest Baby Moments Ever

    31 May 2014 | 6:59 am
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  • The Truth About Raising Happy and Healthy Kids and How to Have Success (Infographic)

    11 May 2014 | 5:53 pm
    There are a lot of different parenting styles and different parenting skills that every parent should learn and practice too. But, it’s a fact that every parent’s goal is to raise happy and healthy kid. The Infographic below shows you some studies’ conclusions. For example, why dad’s love is very important for every kid, how to teach generosity to your kid, how to adapt to your kid’s personality and much more. See the full Infographic and raise the happiest kid on the planet: The post The Truth About Raising Happy and Healthy Kids and How to Have Success (Infographic) appeared…
  • 7 Sophisticated Cars For Kids

    10 May 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Remember your earlier ages, I am sure your dream was to be like your father and drive a car, even it is much smaller than your father’s car. One of the best gifts every parent can buy for the kid is an electric toy car specially designed for kids. Just imagine the happiness you will see on their faces, no matter if your kid is a boy or a girl. Every day we can find some bizarre kids toys with strange purposes on the markets, but the toy cars are something special. There are a lot of advantages if your kid has this kind of toy: you make your kid happy, you can teach him/her some driving…
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